UPDATE: Man wanted for abduction caught in Virginia

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Thursday, June 24, 2021 3:30 p.m. UPDATE: BEDFORD, VA (WVNS) — A man wanted for abduction and several other misdemeanors was caught in Virginia.

The Rich Creek Police Department announced Jason Blankenship was taken into custody Thursday, June 24, 2021 by US Marshals and deputies with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

Blankenship was wanted after leading state troopers on a chase in Monroe County before crossing state lines into Giles County.


Original Story: UNION, WV (WVNS) — Law enforcement in Monroe and Giles counties are searching for a man wanted on abduction charges.

Police in Rich Creek, Virginia are looking for 42-year-old Jason Travis Blankenship.

According to investigators, Blankenship led West Virginia State Police on a vehicle chase in Monroe County before crossing state lines into Giles County, where Rich Creek Police joined in. Blankenship ended up getting his vehicle stuck in a storm ditch and was able to run away into a wooded farm area.

Investigators said Blankenship is facing abduction charges after he did not allow the passenger, a woman, out of the vehicle. According to police, she pleaded with him several times to stop and let her out.

Blankenship is also charged with driving suspended and obstruction in this case. He is also facing charges in West Virginia, according to Rich Creek Police. No further details were given on the latter.

Jason Travis Blakenship (Facebook: Rich Creek Police Department)

Anyone with information on Blankenship’s whereabouts must immediately contact the Rich Creek Police Department at (540) 921-3842 or the Monroe County Sheriffs Office at (304) 772-3911.

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