An Ohio woman is recovering after escaping an alleged kidnapping attempt by a registered sex offender who said that he wanted to “play with [her].”
Cheyenne Clift, a 21-year-old resident of Anderson Township, was on her way to work Sunday morning when a man later identified as 35-year-old Ian Doty, who is a registered sex offender, allegedly tried to abduct her, the young woman told FOX19 Now via a Facebook video interview. Clift told investigators she was riding her bike to a bus stop when Doty allegedly got out of his car and tried to abduct her, telling her “You’re mine, b-tch,” according to local outlet WKRC.
Clift was able to escape and flee to a nearby McDonald’s, where she sought help from a man in the drive-thru line, FOX19 Now reports. The man then escorted her personally back to the bus stop and waited with her until the bus arrived and she got on, according to the outlet.
However, once Clift arrived at her destination, she noticed that Doty was still following her, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said in a release issued Sunday. She was able to get safely to her workplace and ask the people there for help and inform the police of what was happening. Officers then located Doty in his vehicle and took him into custody.
Doty was charged with two counts of attempted abduction and his bond set at $500,000, online jail records show. He is currently in custody at the Hamilton County Justice Center, as he awaits trial; he is slated to next appear in court on May 29.
Following the disturbing incident, Clift said that she’s had trouble sleeping and has been “jumpy,” FOX19 Now reports. Similarly, her mother’s reaction to hearing what had happened was “pure panic,” she said.
“It could’ve ended up so much worse, and I’m happy it didn’t,” Clift also said. “It’s just a weird situation to be in really, because you hear stuff like this all the time but you don’t think it’s going to happen.”
Following Doty's arrest, authorities allege that he admitted to following Clift and and telling her, “We just want to play with you,” according to WKRC.
In regards to Doty’s statement, Clift told FOX19 Now, ”You don’t say something like that unless you have the intention to harm someone, in my opinion.”
Doty, who is homeless, appeared in court on Monday, the station reports. He has a history of sex crime-related convictions dating back to the late '90s and has been accused of following and menacing women in the past, according to the WKRC report.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has asked that anyone with any information on Doty’s alleged activities reach out to their Criminal Investigations Section by calling 513-825-1500 or by calling Crime Stoppers at 513-352-3040.
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