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Newport News kidnapping, assault suspect taken into custody in Maryland

Officers said Kevin Lee Bethea, 22, kidnapped a woman one day and brutally assaulted an 83-year-old man another day.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Newport News Police say the man who allegedly attacked and robbed an 83-year-old man and kidnapped a woman in a separate incident has been arrested.

Authorities say 22-year-old Kevin Lee Bethea was taken into custody Friday afternoon in Frederick, Maryland. Police Chief Steve Drew said US Marshals assisted detectives in locating Bethea and taking him into custody.

Police say Bethea kidnapped a 21-year-old woman on July 7, and then robbed and assaulted an 83-year-old man on July 9. Police said the abduction of the woman was a domestic incident and that Bethea knew the man who was attacked on July 9. 

The charges against Bethea are:

  • Malicious Wounding
  • Robbery
  • Abduction by Force/Intimidation
  • Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony 

The investigation into both incidents continues. If you have any information that can help detectives, you're asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. 

Crime Line callers can remain anonymous. Anyone who calls with a tip that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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