Police arrest suspect in teen's kidnapping after tip

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Acting on a tip, Knoxville Police have arrested the man accused of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl at gunpoint.

In a Facebook post police say William Henry Leonard Jr. was found hiding beside a building and arrested just after 7 p.m. Thursday.

Leonard is accused of kidnapping Harlea Hunter Webster at about 1:50 a.m. Thursday morning. Police said he entered the apartment, demanded money, then grabbed Harlea and forced her out at gunpoint. She was found uninjured just after 11 a.m.

According to Leonard's address in jail records, he lived near the apartment Harlea was abducted from. He was later captured on that same street, not far away.

Leonard is being held in the Knox County jail on charges of robbery, kidnapping and burglary. His bond has been set at $62,000.


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