Kidnapping, arson suspect in Rutherford Co. arrested

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RUTHERFORD Co., N.C. (WSPA) — Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office officials said a man wanted for arson and kidnapping has been arrested.

Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis said deputies were searching for Steven Chad Womick Friday, who was wanted in connection to an incident that happened overnight in Ellenboro. 

Sheriff Francis said Womick started a fire at a residence. Womick thought a female he was previously involved with was at the home, Francis said. 

Francis doesn’t think anyone was hurt or the home extensively damaged in the fire.

The kidnapping victim – a man – is now safe.

Womick was last seen early Friday morning. 

He faces charges of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree arson. 


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