Man accused of holding woman against her will

A Reedsville man was arrested early Wednesday morning for holding a female in his vehicle against her will.

Dwin J. McGraw, 61, of 53661 Number 9 Road, reportedly picked up 32-year-old Jennifer Jorgensen, of 2138 Coolville and a friend in Parkersburg and offered to drive them home.

However, after dropping off Jorgensen’s friend, McGraw reportedly rescinded his offer to take Jorgensen home and refused to let her out of his vehicle despite her repeated pleas to exit the car.

“When Ms. Jorgensen attempted to exit the moving vehicle, Mr. McGraw grabbed her and struck her in the mouth,” according to a release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

McGraw was apprehended around 3 a.m. in New Matamoras. When he stopped for fuel, Jorgensen was able to seek help from the store’s clerk, who contacted law enforcement.

Jorgensen told the arresting deputy that McGraw had a handgun in the vehicle and she feared for her safety.

McGraw was arrested on felony charges of kidnapping and disrupting public service, as well as on misdemeanor charges of assault, aggravated menacing and carrying a concealed weapon.

McGraw admitted to giving Jorgensen a ride but denied forcing her to stay inside the vehicle.

He is being held without bond at the Washington County Jail.