James City County man arrested, charged with abduction

Posted at 12:18 PM, Nov 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-21 17:52:15-05

James City County, Va. - A James City County man has been arrested and charged with abduction and violating a protective order, according to Major Steve Rubino of the James City County Police Department.

Police have charged 33-year-old Dennie L. Rankins.

Rankins is accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend, taking her keys, and driving her into Isle of Wight County.

Rankins was arrested on November 15, 2013, in Isle of Wight County.

Police say Rankins met with his 30-year-old ex-girlfriend on November 15 in the 5400 block of Skalak Drive. The victim told police that she got into a vehicle, and then Rankins took her keys and laptop, and began looking for her cell phone. He then drove away with the victim in the car. Rankins told the victim he would shoot her if she tried to run away. Police say Rankins was eventually stopped at the Bojangles' restaurant in Carrollton, Virginia. That’s when the victim was able to use her cell phone and call police.

Isle of Wight Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call, and took Rankins into custody.

Rankins was taken into police custody again in James City County on November 18,  police say.

Rankins is in the custody of Western Tidewater Regional Jail.

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