BLACKSBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) – Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said a man accused of holding his girlfriend at gunpoint and refusing to let her leave a house for two days was arrested on Wednesday.
Mueller said they were called to the home on Fitch Road on Sunday and met with the victim, who investigators said told them Danny Ray Smith, 56, threatened to harm her if she tried to leave.
The victim was able to get a message to her son, who then called 911.
Mueller credits the woman's quick thinking for using a code word she sent to her son, which alerted him to call law enforcement.
Before deputies arrives, Mueller said Smith fled the scene and went to Kings Mountain, NC.
On Wednesday, deputies finally located Smith and arrested him around 2:40 p.m.
Smith is charged with kidnapping, domestic violence first degree, and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.