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Man arrested for kidnapping woman, taking her for car ride

CARROLLWOOD — A Tampa man was arrested on charges of armed kidnapping and battery after he ordered a woman out of her car at gunpoint, into his car, and then drove her around for a while, authorities said.

Just after 8 p.m. Thursday, according to an arrest affidavit, Sheldon Roderick Ferguson Jr. walked up to a woman sitting in an SUV parked near 3839 Northdale Blvd. Ferguson pointed a handgun at the woman, whose name was not released, and told her to get out of the car.

Ferguson, 22, grabbed the woman's arm and led her to his car, parked in a nearby alley, according to the affidavit. He then took her on a meandering drive: to a gas station in Zephyrhills, to Ferguson's home in Seminole Heights, to an unknown address near Hillsborough Avenue and 22nd Street, and then to the woman's home, where he let her out.

The woman positively identified Ferguson, the report states. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested him Friday, and Ferguson remained in Hillsborough County Jail on Saturday without bond. He has previously been convicted of armed robbery and sudden snatching, state Department of Corrections record show, and he was on probation for those crimes.

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