Husband Held In Kidnap Incident

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Bridgeport resident Michael Timberlake is in the Belmont County Jail, charged with kidnapping and domestic violence after allegedly attacking his estranged wife Monday.

Timberlake, 27, now awaits arraignment in Belmont County, while he was also taken into custody on a fugitive from justice warrant out of Wheeling, according to Belmont County Deputy Andrew Chesonis.

Deputies said the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Timberlake, but they were not sure where the arrest took place.

According to Wheeling police Deputy Chief Martin Kimball, the estranged wife, whose name has not been released, arrived at police headquarters around 11:15 p.m. Monday claiming Timberlake was trying to kill her. The woman told officers Timberlake forced her from her Warwood home and into a vehicle late Monday.

Timberlake then allegedly transported her against her will to a Belmont County cemetery, where he tied her to a tree. He reportedly continually assaulted and threatened to kill her throughout the incident.

Timberlake fled with the woman to his Bridgeport residence after he thought he witnessed an Ohio State Highway Patrol cruiser drive by the area, the woman told police. The woman was ultimately able to escape Timberlake’s home and drove the vehicle to Wheeling police headquarters.

While she was speaking with officers, however, the vehicle went missing.

Wheeling police secured a warrant for Timberlake’s arrest on charges of domestic battery and kidnapping.

Kimball on Tuesday said Timberlake had continued attempts to contact the victim. Timberlake also spoke with a Wheeling detective Tuesday and said he did not intend to quit harassing his estranged wife, according to Kimball.

Kimball said the woman refused medical treatment at police headquarters and was said to be staying with relatives.