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Man wanted for kidnapping, battery arrested

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A man who allegedly abducted his girlfriend and spent four days physically assaulting her in Loco Hills before she escaped was arrested by Chaves County deputies Saturday.

Abery Miller, 29, of Roswell, was arrested Saturday at 9:34 p.m, according to a jail summary report from the Chaves County Detention Center. A post on the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page states Miller was arrested at 500 Wooldridge-Margaret Road in Chaves County.

No other details about the arrest were revealed in the Facebook post.

Eddy County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Miller on one charge of kidnapping and one charge of battery against a household member.

Documents filed in Eddy County Magistrate Court state Eddy County Sheriff’s Office deputies found the victim in a Dodge Charger on the shoulder of U.S. 285 at mile marker 75 in the Northbound lane.

Miller is alleged to have kidnapped his girlfriend on the evening of Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Court documents state that when she went to pick him up at an unknown address in southern Roswell, Miller wanted to drive her vehicle, which she let him do.

He then allegedly began accusing the victim of working with “the feds” and cheating on him.

Miller drove the victim to Loco Hills, where the two remained in the vehicle parked in an open field for three days.

Court documents state that Abery punched and inflicted injuries on her throughout the course of her captivity. He is also alleged to have repeatedly grabbed her throat, squeezing it until she fell unconscious, repeating that process several times.

The couple’s food supply consisted of a few packages of Ramen noodles and some cans of ravioli. When it ran out on Jan. 9, Miller and the victim drove to Artesia, where they stopped at a doughnut shop.

Once they arrived at the shop, they began to argue in the parking lot, arousing the attention of the store’s owner, court documents state.

The shop owner told them to leave due to their behavior. Miller had the trunk of the car open and told the shop owner he was doing something to the vehicle.

As he was looking into the trunk of the vehicle, court documents state the victim rolled up the windows and locked the door.

Miller approached the driver’s side and asked for his cellphone. She cracked the window to give him his cellphone, when he pushed down the window and began to grab her throat.

The store owner then came out of the shop and told Miller to leave the woman alone. Miller began to approach the shop owner. Court documents state the victim then reversed the vehicle to scare Miller.

Miller ran off on foot to an unknown location, court documents state.

The victim later told police she stayed at the residence of the shop owner for one day before she attempted to drive to her father’s house in Roswell, and was found by deputies.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.