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Police arrest Ashland man after alleged kidnapping

Officers with the Columbia Police Department arrested a man in his mid-20s on a kidnapping charge after his alleged victim escaped and called 911.

Montreal Speed, of Ashland, made arrangements to meet his ex-girlfriend in early October because he thought he would be going to jail in Tennessee, according to the probable cause statement.

The woman picked up Speed, who then pulled out a handgun and said “now we’re going to talk,” according to court documents. Speed, a convicted felon, was not legally permitted to possess a gun.

According to the probable cause statement, the woman told police that Speed said “don’t stop this car” while pointing the gun at her.

Later, she told Speed they needed to refill on gas and stopped at a station on West Ash Street in Columbia. Speed allegedly told the woman not to call the police when they stopped.

The woman went inside the station, told the employees to lock the doors and called the police, according to court documents.

Speed is wanted in Tennessee for failing to appear for a court date.

Boone County prosecutors charged him with several crimes, including domestic assault, kidnapping and armed criminal action. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled in Boone County court on May 1.

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