Kidnapping Suspect Appears Before Judge

A man who authorities say kidnapped his ex-girlfriend last Monday appeared before a Craven County judge this morning.

Ryan Brown turned himself in to lawmen in Franklin County after a three day search in the woods near his home. That home is where they found the victim, Katherine Bolton, and last saw Brown on Monday running into the woods.

Craven County deputies say Brown broke into Bolton's home on Country Springs Road early on March 19th and kidnapped the woman.

Before a judge in New Bern, Brown was formally charged with kidnapping and burglary. His bond here is $500,000.

Brown also faces charges in Franklin County, including kidnapping, assault, false imprisonment, possession of a weapon and possession of a stolen weapon.

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A man wanted for a Monday kidnapping in Craven County is now in custody after a search spanning four days.

Craven County deputies say Ryan Brown turned himself into authorities in Franklin County around 1:00 p.m.

Katherine Bolton was kidnapped from her home early Monday morning after deputies say her former boyfriend broke in.

Some 8-1/2 hours later they found Bolton at Brown's home in Franklin County. As lawmen approached the home, they say Brown took off running into some woods.

Franklin County Sheriff Jerry Jones says Brown was dressed in camouflaged clothing, covered in mud, tick bites and scratches from being out in the woods. Jones says Brown is an avid outdoorsman who knew how to survive in the woods.

The man is charged in Franklin County with assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, possession of a weapon, and possession of a stolen weapon. At his home they found five long guns and a couple of pistols.

Sheriff Jones says Brown "lawyered up" and isn't saying why he allegedly kidnapped the woman. The man also faces additional charges in Craven County.

No bond has been set for Brown and he remains in the Franklin County jail.

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A woman kidnapped from her Craven County home has been found in Franklin County.

Deputies say Katherine Bolton is heading to a hospital to be checked out. They say she was found at the home of Ryan Brown, who is accused of kidnapping her this morning.

Authorities found Brown's vehicle around 1:40 p.m. As they approached, they say Brown took off running into some woods behind the home. The victim was found inside.

Brown is still on the run.

Deputies say Bolton and Brown are an estranged couple and just two days ago she filed a communicating threats complaint against the man.

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Lawmen in Eastern Carolina are on the lookout for a man who kidnapped a woman during an early morning home invasion.

Craven County deputies say it happened around 4:45 a.m. at a home on Country Springs Road, north of New Bern.

Investigators say Katherine Bolton called 911 to report someone was breaking into her house. When deputies arrived they found one of the rear windows in the home broken out and Bolton missing.

They have since learned that Ryan Brown broke into the home and kidnapped the woman. Detectives believe Brown has left the Craven County area and may be driving a 2007 Ford pickup truck with NC tags XK-8976. The pickup is off white and has a dog box in the back of the truck.

Anyone that may see the vehicle please contact the Craven County Sheriffs Office at 252-636-6620 or 252-636-6632

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