Accused SC kidnapper walks away from court hearing

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities are searching for a man who walked away from a hearing at the Spartanburg County Courthouse.

The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/SoScUS) that Ashley L. Wrenix disappeared shortly before noon Friday. The 32-year-old Wrenix was placed on home detention earlier this month following his arrest on kidnapping and criminal domestic violence charges. He was accused of abducting a woman and holding her against her will.

Authorities with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office cautioned the public not to approach Wrenix is spotted because he has a history of violence.

A woman called 911 on Oct. 10 and reported being held against her will after Wrenix jumped from behind a bush, punched her in the mouth and abducted her by force. She identified Wrenix as her estranged boyfriend.

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