Man charged after woman’s kidnapping caught on doorbell camera


(CNN/KLAS) – A man is facing kidnapping and domestic violence battery charges after he was captured on a home surveillance video beating and dragging a woman into his car on New Year’s Day in Las Vegas.

The video shows a woman running from a vehicle up to a house. She bangs on the door and screams for help, then a man gets out of the car and starts to hit and kick her before dragging her back into the vehicle.

Police say around 12:48 a.m. a woman is seen running from a white sedan. As she runs to a house she begins to bang on the door and screams for help. That is when a man can be seen exiting the vehicle, running to her and he begins to hit and kick her as he drags her into the vehicle.

Authorities say the man in the video has been identified as 23-year-old Darnell Rodgers.

“This is an absolutely violent crime,” said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Captain Dennis O’Brien during a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss details of the case.

According to O’Brien the man and woman are in a relationship and share a 1-month-old baby. The two got into an argument in the car after leaving a New Year’s Eve party. The woman ran from the vehicle to a random home where surveillance video captured images of Rodgers beating the woman and dragging her back to the car. The young child was in the vehicle.

Police say the homeowner witnessed the entire incident on his home surveillance and called police immediately. Once the video was released to police, numerous tips came through as people recognized the people involved from the video. And another previous domestic violence call regarding the couple was made that helped lead police to them.

According to officials, also the sound from the victim screaming Rodger’s name along with the tips also helped lead police to several calls regarding the incident.

Rodger is facing charges for kidnapping and domestic battery.

According to a 2018 arrest report, Rodgers was arrested for disorderly conduct in March but never made his court appearance so a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

He will make a court appearance battery charges on Friday.


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