A Sullivan man with a history of violence was charged for allegedly forcing a woman into the trunk of her car and stealing the vehicle.
A Franklin County felony complaint issued Monday, Jan. 22, charges Russell E. Deschields, 36, with first-degree kidnapping, tampering with a motor vehicle and domestic assault. He is being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
According to a probable cause statement filed by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, on Sunday, Jan. 21, Deschields and the victim were in the Lake Thunderbird area when he forced her into the trunk of her car and then pulled her out by her shirt. The suspect then allegedly pushed the woman into the passenger seat of her car and drove from the area.
The victim, who knows the suspect, fell onto the ground while she was being pushed into the car by Deschields, authorities said. He also allegedly made threats to kill her.
Deschields allegedly smashed the victim’s cellphone during the assault. The victim has an adult protection order against Deshields.
According to a sheriff’s office detective, the victim escaped by talking the suspect into stopping at a BP gas station in Jefferson County where she asked the clerk to call 911.
Inside the store the victim told a clerk to call 911 because she believed he was going to kill her, according to the sheriff’s department. When Deshields ordered the woman to leave the store, she fled into the store office and Deshields fled from the store on foot. Deputies from Jefferson County responded to the store and contacted Franklin County authorities. Deshields fled the area and was located Monday at his home hiding under a bed, authorities said.
During an interview with detectives, Deshields allegedly refused to talk and asked for an attorney.
Deshields has been charged with several assaults, property damage and other charges dating back to 1999.
In 2013, he was charged with first-degree felony aggravated stalking. The charges were issued after police received a complaint by Deshields’ ex-wife that he was harassing her by telephone from the Franklin County Jail. A log sheet from the sheriff’s office indicated that Deshields had made several calls to the victim from the facility. The conversations were recorded.
Earlier in the year Deshields was charged with property damage for allegedly smashing the windows of two vehicles in St. Clair.
In 2014 his probation was revoked and Deshields was sentenced to four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
He previously lived in Tennessee, according to reports.