HAMPTON, Va. - U.S. Marshals have arrested a man after a domestic situation resulted in a vehicle fire, a vehicle being stolen and an abduction.
The victim in this case has been identified as 26-year-old Dominique Marie Alesi. The suspect has been identified as 25-year-old Tyrone Lamont Harris. Both were seen leaving the area in a 2005 red Dodge Neon bearing Virginia tags UXA-4061.
That vehicle has since been recovered in Norfolk.
On October 2, authorities say U.S. Marshals, working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Capital Arena Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF) and the Hampton Police Division, apprehended Harris in Columbia, South Carolina, and charged him with Abduction, Malicious Wounding, Hit & Run, Strangulation, Rape and Grand Larceny in connection with this incident.
Harris was found at a residence in South Carolina and was taken into custody without incident. He is currently being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center awaiting extradition back to Virginia.
Alesi was later found at a local hospital; her conditions are unknown. Her mother, Christine Pool, said words cannot describe the joy she and Alesi had when they were reunited.
"She started crying immediately as she seen me," Pool said. "She told me she thought she was never going to see me again."
Pool said she and her family believe Harris abducted her because of their recent breakup. She said Alesi's six-year relationship was mired with abuse and that she wanted to get out of that relationship.
"She told him weeks ago that she didn't want to be with him no more," Pool said. "He would pop up at our house or come to her job, or he called her after she changed her phone number. He's very persistent."
Around 12:37 p.m., officials received a call in reference to a domestic situation in the 400 block of Butler Farm Road.
Upon arrival, officers located a vehicle on fire and a victim who said her vehicle had just been stolen. The investigation revealed that a man and woman - later identified to be Harris and Alesi - were involved in an argument in the parking lot.
During the argument, a struggle ensued, during which Harris' vehicle became disabled in the wood line and caught fire. He then stole a nearby vehicle and forced the female victim inside, according to reports.
Pool also said Harris' father reached out to the family. He apologized for what his son put them through.
"He loves Dominique. She was his son's girlfriend since they were 18," Pool said. "He was very close to her, so he's very concerned that she's okay."
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