Darkness on Old Dixie Highway, about 7 p.m. Sunday, near the old limestone mine. Here comes a pickup truck. The driver's girlfriend rides shotgun, duct tape stuck to her waist.
A patrol car sits in the distance. The woman sees her chance. She opens the door.
Authorities say Raymond James Kelly made his 38-year-old girlfriend, Shirley Ann Blesnuk of Spring Hill, call relatives to say final goodbyes, that he bound her hands and took her for a long ride down a lonely road by the water, that he told her he hoped she knew how to swim.
In an interview at the Land O'Lakes Jail on Monday afternoon, where he was held in lieu of $100,000 bail, Kelly, 34, of 9768 Horizon Drive, Spring Hill, said this was merely a case of a man who loved too much.
He married young, had two daughters, worked construction, and one day he got tired of it all and ran off with Blesnuk. He says he divorced his wife, Bobbi, in August, but he missed her, and Blesnuk was jealous.
Kelly and Blesnuk did some drinking on Sunday, and there was shoving. He admits to duct-taping her hands, but says he freed them soon thereafter, though the tape still clung to her waist, and that she got in the truck voluntarily. It wasn't a murder plot, he says - he just wanted to talk things over.
In addition to the Pasco charge of kidnapping, he faces Hernando County charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and domestic battery.
Times staff writers Jonathan Abel and Molly Moorhead and researcher Angie Drobnic Holan contributed to this report. Thomas Lake can be reached at email@example.com or 1-800-333-7505, ext. 6245.