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Alleged kidnapper issued $200,000 bond


Elton Heflin, 48, appeared in a bond hearing before District Court Judge Don Bourne facing the charges of felon in possession of a firearm and kidnapping. Heflin faces the charges after his arrest Friday afternoon, October 25 by the Pope County Sheriff's Office.

According to testimony of a Pope County Sheriff’s Office investigator, Pope County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an address on Buttermilk Road concerning a report of a disturbance with a gun.

The Pope County 911 dispatcher handling the call informed the deputies that the caller stated his girlfriend had been forced into a truck by a man with a gun.

Upon the arrival of the deputies, the suspect truck was turning onto a dirt road in the area. The deputies pursued the truck. The male driver, identified as Heflin, stopped the truck and threw a shotgun out of the window. Heflin surrendered to deputies and was placed into custody and transported to the Pope County Detention Center.

The victim stated to investigators during an interview that she and Heflin had been in a relationship previously, but it had ended earlier this year. The victim told investigators she was taken against her will. 

A felony hold was then placed on Heflin for the charge of kidnapping as well as the charge of felon in possession of a firearm.

Judge Bourne issued Heflin's bond in the amount of $200,000 and ordered to him to stay away from the victim and to have no contact with her if he posted bond and was released.

Heflin is scheduled to appear in a plea arraignment hearing on November 18 in Pope County Circuit Court before Judge William Pearson.