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Alexandria man charged with kidnapping woman

Police charged an Alexandria man Wednesday after he allegedly kidnapped a woman and threatened her life last week.

Anniston police charged Mareo Deshannon Burton, 38, with first-degree kidnapping.

Mareo Deshannon Burton

Mareo Deshannon Burton

Lt. Chris Sparks said Burton went to the woman’s Anniston home around 7 p.m. Aug. 30 and took her against her will.

Sparks said Burton then drove her to a dirt road west of the Blue Mountain area, where he forced her out of the car, took out a pickaxe and threatened to kill her with it.

Sparks said the woman escaped, and a resident in the area heard her screaming and called police. According to Sparks, the woman sustained no serious injuries.

Sparks said police arrested Burton around 9 p.m. Wednesday at his home on Jonah Drive, and booked him into the Calhoun County Jail, where he remained Thursday, with bond set at $10,000 cash.

Burton is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30 for a preliminary hearing.

First-degree kidnapping is a Class A felony. If convicted, Burton could be sentenced to life in prison and owe up to $60,000 in fines, according to state law.

Contact Staff Writer Mia Kortright at 256-235-3563.