Man charged with assault, kidnapping in domestic attack on woman in east Charlotte

CMPD detectives have charged 32-year-old Louis Lamontrez Meadows with first-degree kidnapping and assault on a female.
Charlotte kidnapping caught on camera
Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 1:28 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 16, 2021 at 4:48 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Police have charged a man with assault and kidnapping in a violent, domestic attack on a woman in east Charlotte that was caught on camera.

CMPD detectives have charged 32-year-old Louis Lamontrez Meadows with first-degree kidnapping and assault on a female.

The brutal assault and kidnapping was captured on a Ring.com camera early Wednesday in east Charlotte. Police had been looking for a silver Honda Fit, believed to have been the car involved in the incident on Driftwood Drive. Officers responded to a welfare check around 7:20 a.m.

As a result of continued investigation and community assistance, detectives were able to identify both the victim and suspect in this case.

Detectives also developed information on the vehicle that both the victim and suspect were believed to be in.

On Dec. 16, around 11:30 a.m., officials found the vehicle and located both the victim and suspect.

The suspect, identified as Meadows, was immediately taken into custody on an unrelated arrest warrant.

Police say the victim in this case has since been taken to a safe location. It has been determined that this incident involved domestic violence.

Police talk about search for people involved in violent assault, kidnapping

Police said they spoke to a resident who showed them footage captured on their video doorbell.

The video shows a person being violently attacked around 3 a.m. Wednesday. A person was seen trying to get away and find help but was then grabbed, thrown to the ground and assaulted. Police said a person was then dragged toward a car parked in the road, which was last seen traveling toward Albemarle Road.

Officers said they believed the person assaulted and kidnapped needed immediate medical treatment.

The investigation into this case is active and ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident or the whereabouts of either subject is asked to call 911 immediately. The public can also leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

Anyone with information about this incident or the whereabouts of either person is asked to call 911 immediately or Crimestoppers at 704-334-1600.

What can you do if you’re caught in a similar situation?

Wednesday, WBTV talked with Treadstone Defensive Tactics on several self-defense tips. Owner and head instructor, Jeremy Brown, says you do want to make noise to catch attention of someone -- which is what the victim tried to do.

“I want to make noise but I also don’t want to get to the point I’m exhausting myself because I’m trying to make too much noise,” he said. “You don’t want to be the silent fighter, I want a commotion, I want everybody to know what’s going down.”

In this case, homeowners say because of the time of the attack, they didn’t hear anything.

In this case, homeowners say because of the time of the attack, they didn’t hear anything.

Brown says what you do next could be the difference.

“If you’re being grabbed from the back, you got to try your best to face the person. The longer I stay facing away, the more I chance I am on the ground because we’re not very balanced back-pedaling. Let’s say it was a grab of the shoulder or hoodie, I would say turn around and go towards the person. You want the energy going towards him. That’s going to help with the balance and range to do something back,” he said.

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