NOPD: Suspect attempted 2nd kidnapping before hospital suicide

NOPD: Suspect attempted 2nd kidnapping before hospital suicide

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The man who kidnapped a pregnant woman before killing himself inside a Baton Rouge hospital attempted to kidnap another woman earlier in the night, according to NOPD.

The attempted kidnapping occurred around 10:37 p.m. on Friday, April 22. According to NOPD, a 32-year-old woman went to pick up a man, later identified as Gary Saxton, AKA Gary Zarders, in the 2600 block of Vienna Street to bring him to the airport. While riding as a passenger, police say Saxton pulled out a handgun and attempted to kidnap the driver.

The driver escaped and ran into a home in the 6000 block of Baccich Street, according to NOPD, but Saxton took off in her car.

Police say Saxton then kidnapped a pregnant woman in the 5000 block of Wilton Drive. The timing of the kidnapping is unclear. The initial investigation by the Baton Rouge Police Department shows the kidnapping took place around 11:30 p.m., but an NOPD spokesman said New Orleans police officers weren't notified until around 6 a.m. the next morning.

Saxton later brought the pregnant captive to Baton Rouge General Medical Center after she told his she was having complications with her pregnancy that needed medical attention. Once inside the hospital, she told the staff that she had been abducted.

Hospital security handcuffed and searched Saxton, according to BRPD, but he was able to hide and handgun before being detained and shot himself while in custody.

Baton Rouge Medical Center released the following statement Saturday:

"The safety of our patients, their families and visitors is out highest priority. We are proud of our extraordinary team for their swift action in a dangerous situation."

BRPD and NOPD are investigating this case together. Fox 8 will continue to update this story as it develops.

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