New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens said Gerald Allison Shaw, 47, of New Madrid turned himself in about 2:30 p.m. Monday ending a series of incidents which began Sunday evening.
According to Stevens, about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Shaw forced his way into his ex-wife residence in Morehouse. Apparently it was an "attempt to reconcile their relationship," Stevens said.
The man, who was armed with a sawed-off, double-barrel shotgun, bound the woman's hands, ankles and wrists with duct tape. The woman's son and his girlfriend, who were also at the residence, were bound with duct tape as well.
The woman was forced into her father's vehicle which was parked at the residence. Shaw then drove the vehicle to a location in Morehouse where his car was hidden and forced the woman into his vehicle and drove to New Madrid.
At about 11:30 p.m. after arriving in New Madrid, the woman was released on top of the levee and she fled to a nearby house. The occupants of the house alerted the Sheriff's Department
"In the meantime we had received a call notifying us of an incident in Morehouse," said Stevens. Deputies found the young couple at the resident and released them, neither was harmed during the incident.
The ex-wife received minor injuries. She was taken to Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston where she was treated and released.
A search began by area law enforcement for the man. A description of the Shaw's car was released and the search continued until about 4:30 a.m. Monday.
Stevens said tips Monday morning led them to the Sikeston area, prompting a search of several areas.
At about 2 p.m. Monday, Shaw contacted Stevens, offering to turn himself in if he could come to the New Madrid Sheriff's Department in New Madrid without incident. "I assured him he could," said Stevens.
Shaw was booked on charges of the Class A felony of first degree facilitating a kidnapping, the Class B felony of first degree assault, armed criminal action, two counts of felonious restraint, first degree burglary and theft of a motor vehicle. No bond was allowed and Shaw remains in the New Madrid County jail. He is expected to be arraigned on Thursday.
According to the sheriff, the gun used by Shaw has not been recovered at this time.
"Due to the suspect's family efforts along with the cooperation of the Highway Patrol, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, the New Madrid and Morehouse Police this case was quickly resolved and without incident," said Stevens.