NOPD: Pregnant New Orleans woman survives alleged kidnapping

NOPD: Pregnant New Orleans woman survives alleged kidnapping

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A pregnant woman survives an alleged kidnapping that started in New Orleans and ended in Baton Rouge with the alleged suspect fatally shooting himself inside Baton Rouge General Hospital.

New Orleans Police say it started Friday night in Gentilly after 10:30 pm when the first female victim picked up the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Gary Saxton, AKA Gary Zarders, in the 2600 block of Vienna Street, to bring him to the airport. The victim says during the ride he pulled a gun on her as he sat in the passenger seat and tried to kidnap her. She was able to escape to a nearby resident. The man who goes by the names Saxton and Zarders then reportedly fled in the victims' vehicle, described as a tan 2002 Saturn Vue SUV bearing Texas license plate #DXL3024.

Hours later, after the first alleged kidnapping failed, New Orleans police say he struck again. About 6 a.m., NOPD received a call related to an aggravated kidnapping in the 5000 block of Wilton Drive in Gentilly. In that case, the same man allegedly kidnapped a  28-year-old pregnant woman nearby in Gentilly and drove her to Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge police say she somehow convinced him to take her to Baton Rouge General Hospital when she complained to him she was having complications with her pregnancy.

Once inside the hospital Baton Rouge police say the woman quickly told hospital employees what happened to her.

"She told the hospital staff that  she was a victim of a kidnapping in the New Orleans Area," said Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola.

Investigators say the hospital security detained the man and searched him. However, he managed to keep a gun hidden and pulled it out and fatally shot himself.

"After being searched by hospital security, its believed he hid the gun on the chair he was sitting on."  said Sgt Coppola.

As of  Saturday night, the Baton Rouge Police Department had not released the identification of the woman but said she is okay. Both NOPD and the Baton Rouge Police Department are working to determine the motives for the alleged crimes.

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