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Man with ties to Natalee Holloway case killed by women he tried to kidnap

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Police say a man with ties to the Natalee Holloway disappearance case tried to kidnap a North Port woman, but later ended up dead.

Just before 7 a.m. Wednesday, police say a woman pulled up to her house on Wesley Lane.

“As she’s getting out of the car, there he is,” said North Port Police spokesman Josh Taylor.

Her former boyfriend, 32-year-old John Ludwick, was waiting for her.

Ludwick gained some notoriety a few years ago because he was close friends with Jordan van der Sloot, the man connected to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway. 

Police say Ludwick was trying to kidnap the woman in North Port on Wednesday as she was getting out of her car.

“He wanted the keys to her car,” said Taylor. “What he had plans for after that is yet to be determined but certainly a very scary situation.”

But the woman did not go down without a fight. She snatched a knife from him and then stabbed him multiple times.

“This gentleman had some ill intentions and she wasn’t going quietly and it ended very bad for him,” said Taylor.

Ludwick ran off, bleeding profusely, and was found a few blocks away. He later died.

“It’s not something that we would’ve anticipated in this area,” said resident Levko Klos.

Locals are shocked.

“The fact that she had to protect herself – I have no problem. If the gentleman did what he was alleged to have done, well then he suffered the consequences of his actions,” said Klos.

Police report the woman was not injured.

“Many times you have to fight back and I think that was done today and she’s around to talk about it,” said Taylor.

Locals are thankful that she’s ok.

“To be able to defend yourself is not brave, its an instinct,” said Klos.

The woman’s name has not been released.

Ludwick recently claimed to have known the location of Holloway’s remains.

In a statement, North Port police said, “We are aware of Mr. Ludwick’s history and comments surrounding the disappearance of Natalee Ann Holloway in Aruba during May of 2005. The correct authorities who are working that case have been notified.”

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