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Eliza Fletcher kidnapping: Suspect served time for pre-charge of kidnapping, court records show

38-year-old Cleota Abston pleaded guilty. in November 2001 to indictment of particularly aggravating kidnapping. he was released in November 2020, according to court records.

The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office told WREG that Abston was convicted. in kidnapping of local prosecutor in 2000.

Abston currently facing the same charge of especially aggravating theft and falsification with proof in kidnapping of Eliza “Lisa” Fletcher.

Fletcher, 34 years old mother of two, ran around 4 am on Friday when black According to CCTV footage received, a GMC Terrain SUV drove past her. of Incident. Then a man was seen receiving out of in vehicle and “aggressively ran” towards Fletcher and forced her into the passenger compartment. side of SUV. Once both people were inside the SUV, vehicle remained in parking for about four minutes before departure, judging by the quoted footage in affidavit obtained by CNN.

The statement stated that the police found “material evidence that she was seriously injured injury.”

Abston was arrested on Saturday after police found GMC Landscape in According to the affidavit, the parking lot is near his house. vehicle had the same visible damage and partial license plate identification as in surveillance footage of Fletcher’s kidnapping.

The affidavit states that Abston attempted to flee after being discovered nearby by US marshals.

The suspect is in custody in Shelby County Jail on $500,000 bond and scheduled appearance in court on Tuesday, according to jail records. It is unknown if he has a lawyer.

DNA extracted from a couple of sandals found not far from where authorities believed Fletcher was abducted, investigators helped locate and arrest Abston, according to the affidavit.

CCTV footage filmed at a local theater the day before Fletcher disappeared showed that Ebston wearing that the authorities consider the same couple of flip flops found in crime the scene of the incident, according to the evidence.

Additional surveillance frames match with Abston’s employer’s statements were confirmed vehicle in the question belongs to the woman bound with Abston home address.

Eliza Fletcher kidnapping: Suspect served time for pre-charge of kidnapping, court records show

Cell phone records also place Abston on the court during of Fletcher kidnapping on Friday morning, the statement said.

Fletcher’s damaged phone was found According to CrimeStoppers executive Buddy Chapman, near the place where she was abducted, news release received by CNN affiliate WHBQ.

According to the affidavit, the witness said she saw Abston at his home. brotherx house after the kidnapping. Both the witness and his brother said that Abston acted strange when he cleaned the interior of her SUV and washed her clothes in sink.

Photos published by the police show Fletcher running in area near the university of Memphis. She was last visible wearing A pink jogging shirt and purple jogging shorts, police said. in warning.

Fletcher is white, 5’6″ tall, with brown hair and green eyes, the police said. She weighs 137 pounds.

Her family offers $50,000 reward via Crime Stoppers for information leading to arrest in case, WHBQ reports.

“We are looking forward to the safe return of Eliza and hope that this award will help police capture those who did it crime,” her family said in statement shared by Chapman.

AT post on twitter, St. Mary’s Episcopal School said that Fletcher was a junior kindergarten teacher.
Bureau of Tennessee of Investigation said in tweet helping the Memphis police in investigation.

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Tyler Hromadka
Tyler Hromadka
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