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Man Arrested on Kidnapping and Domestic Violence Charges

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

GALLIA COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man is facing kidnapping charges after deputies say he took his wife against her will to another state.

Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning says Matthew Rupe, 33, of Galax, Virginia, took his wife and two children from Gallia County, Ohio to Virginia last week..

Browning says Rupe left his wife there and then returned to Ohio, where he was arrested.

According to the criminal complaint, along with the kidnapping charge, Rupe is charged with domestic violence. He is accused of assaulting his wife in their vehicle. The victim told deputies that Rupe pulled her hair, punched her in the face, bounced her head off the steering wheel and grabbed her arms to restrain her. He is also accused of threatening to kill her with a knife.

Rupe is being held on a $25,000 bond.

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