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Deputies: Lakeland man kidnaps woman after date, drives her to Tampa

TAMPA — It started with a New Year's Eve date.

Glenn Burch, 48, went out with Christina Hunter, 29, a woman he had dated on and off for a while.

Early Tuesday, Hillsborough County deputies say, she asked him to take her home.

He drove her to his house, in Lakeland.

When Hunter got a call from another man, Burch became angry, deputies say.

And when Hunter called a friend to pick her up, Burch grabbed her and knocked her to the floor.

He then forced her into his car and starting driving toward Tampa, authorities say.

Every time she tried to get out, deputies say, he pulled her back into the car. He threatened her, according to an arrest affidavit, and she was afraid.

When they arrived in Tampa, at the East Lake Inn on Hillsborough Avenue, Hunter was able to call a friend and tell the friend where she was.

The Sheriff's Office was also called, and deputies arrested Burch at the hotel.

He faces one count of kidnapping, a felony. On Wednesday, he remained in jail, held without bail.

This is his third arrest in Hillsborough County, though he has faced other charges in Polk County.

Burch has spent about seven years in prison during three different stints since 1992, state records show. He has previously been convicted of battery on a law enforcement officer, several counts of marijuana possession and leaving a crash with injury.

Times staff writer Laura C. Morel contributed to this report. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at jvandervelde@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3433.

Deputies: Lakeland man kidnaps woman after date, drives her to Tampa 01/02/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 10:20pm]
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