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Algiers woman home safe after alleged kidnapping; suspect arrested, NOPD says

Published: Oct. 9, 2021 at 1:00 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A man suspected of abducting a woman he knew from her Algiers home Friday night (Oct. 8) has been arrested by New Orleans police, and his alleged victim has been returned safely home, authorities said.

Lynzell King, 23, was identified Saturday morning by NOPD as the man suspected of abducting the woman just before 8 p.m. Friday, after they argued in the doorway of a home in the 3100 block of Lamarque Street.

The 23-year-old woman allegedly taken by King has not been identified by police. The NOPD said there is a prior relationship between the two, but declined to provide additional details.

Police said Fourth District detectives determined King arrived at the woman’s residence and began “a physical altercation” with her after she opened the door. The NOPD said King “pulled the victim out of her residence and forced her into a white Crossover-style SUV while armed with a firearm.”

A few hours after the manhunt was announced, NOPD confirmed that the woman had been returned safely to her home and that King was in custody. No details of the arrest were provided, and the woman’s family declined comment upon her return.

Jail records show King was booked with second-degree kidnapping, a crime punishable in Louisiana with 5 to 40 years in state prison upon conviction. He also was booked with two counts of domestic abuse aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated assault involving child endangerment.

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