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Woman kidnapped, taken to P.C.

March 22, 2004

Panama City, Florida-- A 22-year old Albany woman was kidnapped from her home Sunday night, while her children left tied up in their home.

The woman was taken to Panama City and raped twice before she escaped. There's a lookout across the Southeast for a 59 year old Albany man suspected in the crime.

Fifty-nine-year old John Lee Bailey is considered armed and extremely dangerous, and is wanted for kidnapping and raping an Albany woman early Monday morning.

Bailey, who was on parole for sexual battery, had dated the victim's mother. Major Karen Majors of the Albany Police Department said, "Albany Police Department Public safety received a call at approximately 1:18 AM in reference to a 22-year-old victim being taken from her Albany residence."

Investigators say Bailey left the woman's young children tied up at their home, took the woman to woods by Blue Springs Road in Dougherty County and raped her. Then they drove to Panama City, where they checked into a Super 8 Motel. After raping the woman again, he left her tied up.

She escaped around 5:30 Monday morning, and Bailey was gone.

Detective Kevin Miller of the Panama City Police said "He had some type of firearm with him. I don't know the exact type at this time. But certainly he was armed and dangerous, and is still considered armed and dangerous."

Bailey is still on the run. Investigators think he is headed for South Florida, where he previously lived, and APD has a lookout for him. Investigators think John Lee Bailey is driving a Red Ford Ranger Extended Cab pickup truck and may be armed with a shotgun.

The 22-year-old victim is on her way back to Albany from Panama City now to be reunited with her children.

posted at 6:25PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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