A Dallas woman was allegedly kidnapped by two National Guardsmen and driven to Oklahoma and Arkansas before she was finally able to slip a note to a Bentonville Wal-Mart employee and escape her captors.
Yulu Zhang told police she was kidnapped by two National Guardsmen, her ex-boyfriend Michael Lee Roberts, 24, and Theron Alan Vance, 21. Both men were arrested on Monday.
Zhang says that Roberts, after brutally hitting her, Rold her she could either go with him or he’d kill her. As instructed by Roberts, she packed two suitcases and left a note for her roommate saying she was going to China to visit a sick relative. She left a secret note in the refrigerator telling her roommate to “Call 911.”
They stopped at a Chinese restaurant in the Dallas area and she wrote in makeup pen on a napkin asking someone to call police.
She later left a note in a Eufula, Oklahoma, gas station that included the license plate number of the vehicle she was in. That note was eventually found and police were notified.
On Sunday, the suspects took her to a Bentonville Wal-Mart, where she managed to slip a note to an employee in the women’s restroom.
Roberts was charged with suspicion of aggravated kidnapping, felony kidnapping, intimidating a witness and coercion. Vance was charged with suspicion of kidnapping and conspiracy to commit murder.
Roberts had a history of making threats against Zhang on at least three other occasions, according to the probable cause affidavit. The pair met at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and started dating in 2012. They split up and Zhang moved to Dallas.
Both suspects are being held in the Benton County Jail without bond.