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CINCINNATI – Two women are claiming a mixture of low temperatures and kind hearts put them in danger after being confronted by a man looking for a ride.

On Tuesday, Judah Hargrove, 39, was charged with kidnapping, robbery, and abduction for threatening the women on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Tuesday, Feb. 11, according to affidavits filed in Hamilton County Municipal Court.

Hargrove was issued a $260,000 bond when he was arraigned Wednesday.

"I didn’t want to see anybody standing outside in the cold that night," said one of the victims who identified herself as Mandy. "He didn’t look to me to be a bad guy, but I guess you don't know what bad guys really look like."

Mandy, who did not wish to give her full name, told police Hargrove asked her for a ride Saturday from downtown Cincinnati to Martin Luther King Boulevard. After he presented her with identification, the woman let him in her car.

Once in Springdale, Mandy gave testimony to police that Hargrove ordered her to drive behind a building. He told her to turn off the vehicle’s engine and lights. When she resisted, Hargrove said he had a handgun.

Mandy then fled the vehicle and hit the panic button on her key fob.

"It was a smart move on her part obviously to get away from the danger, and then to hit her panic alarm on her key fob was a good idea,” said Springdale police officer Josef Ture.

Police said Hargrove then escaped the scene.

Affidavits show he tried to do the same in the early morning hours of Tuesday.

The second woman gave Hargrove a ride to Forest Park, where she said he demanded her cellphone and bank card while threatening to have a gun. The affidavit stated Hargrove demanded cash.

That victim also fled her vehicle. Police were called to the scene of a gas station where Hargrove was arrested.

After the incidents, Saturday’s victim said she’s rethought her stance on helping others.

"I’ve always been the kind of person that wants to help out anybody in need but I don’t think I’ll be wanting to do that anymore,” Mandy said. “It saddens me that he has taken that away from me, and I hope one day I get it back, but for right now I don’t think I'd ever stop to help anybody again."

 

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