A Bellevue man abducted and assaulted a Huron woman Monday night at a Rye Beach Road gas station, police said.
Samuel Tuttamore, 20, of the 300 block of Union St., was charged with abduction, menacing and assault.
Tuttamore tried to force Brittany Keller, 18, into his car at a Rye Beach Road gas station at about 10 p.m., Huron police said.
Several customers went inside the store to seek help for the woman after they saw Tuttamore hit her, police said.
When officers arrived, Keller was at the gas station, “upset and crying profusely,” a police report said.
Keller told police she went into the gas station for a purchase and noticed Tuttamore in the store. She walked past him and said, “I do not want to talk with you,” the report said.
As she walked outside, Tuttamore followed and grabbed her by the arm, pulling her toward his car as Keller screamed, “No! Help me somebody!,” the report said.
Tuttamore then threw Keller onto the driver’s seat of his car, sat on her and began driving toward Lake Erie Parkway with the door open and Keller’s feet dangling out.
“I tried to get away, kicking him and the door,” she told police. “I then reached and tried to steal the keys so I could have a better change of getting away. It did not work. So, then I punched him in the face. Sam then said, ‘Get into the passenger’s seat, (explicative).”
Keller managed to open the car door and fight off Tuttamore, who had his arms around her neck, the report said. She ran through a restaurant parking lot, back to the gas station and into a friend’s car.
“My lip was bleeding. I was out of breath, crying and very scared,” Keller told police.
Huron police searched for Tuttamore and alerted other law enforcement agencies, but Tuttamore called police that night and voluntarily showed up at the Huron police department to speak with officers.
Tuttamore told officers he was “very upset and not thinking” about his actions, the report said.
He told officers about “all (he and Keller) had been through together,” as well as Keller’s recent medical history, the report said.
Tuttamore said Keller punched him in the face while the two were exchanging personal items prior to the abduction. Police said witnesses offered a different account of the events.
Tuttamore was taken to the Erie County Jail, where he’s being held without bond pending a court hearing.