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The alleged Christmas kidnapper, Larry Nelson, is in custody

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Larry Nelson turned himself in to Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies on Tuesday, Dec. 31, he is accused of kidnapping his girlfriend on Christmas day. Larry Nelson turned himself in to Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies on Tuesday, Dec. 31, he is accused of kidnapping his girlfriend on Christmas day.
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SPRINGDALE -

The search for a man accused of tying up and gagging his girlfriend on Christmas Day is over.  Larry Junior Nelson, 36, of Springdale turned himself in to Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies on Tuesday morning.

Nelson has been the focus of a search since Christmas day.  He allegedly attacked his girlfriend Betty Burns during an argument.  Burns told deputies that he tied her up and gagged her, then drove her to a remote strip mine in the Springdale area where he dumped her and drove off.  Burns was able to get her legs untied and walked through the woods for more than an hour until she found a home and called for help.

Nelson was wanted on charges of Domestic Battery and Kidnapping.  On Monday, Dec. 30, Nelson contacted Sgt J.R. McMullen and agreed to turn himself in on Tuesday morning.  According to Sheriff Steve Kessler, Nelson knew that deputies were looking for him, but waited until McMullen was back on duty to turn himself in.  Sheriff Kessler said that Nelson agreed to turn himself in to Sgt. McMullen, because he knew that the Sergeant "would treat him fairly."

"Sergeant McMullen has a very good reputation in the Danese area of Fayette County," said Sheriff Kessler. "He has been assigned to that patrol area for several years and the people in the area know, like and respect him. That level of rapport with the community is one of the most valuable assets a police officer can attain."

Nelson was arraigned in Magistrate Court.  He is being held in the Southern Regional Jail but no bond is listed.

"Bond in a kidnapping case can only be set by a Circuit Judge," said Sheriff Kessler. "Nelson will remain in jail until he can be brought before a Circuit Judge, arraigned on this charge and have a bond set."

This incident remains under investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. Anyone who has any information about this incident can contact the Fayette County Sheriff's Office at (304) 574-4216.  Tips can also be submitted information through the Fayette County Sheriff's Dept. Facebook page.