Seligman, Arizona – August 22, 2023
A harrowing incident in Arizona unfolded as a woman allegedly abducted by a man impersonating an Uber driver managed to save herself using a resourceful tactic. The incident occurred at a Chevron station near Interstate 40 in Seligman.
The woman, under dire circumstances, passed a yellow piece of paper with a plea for help to a stranger. The note read, “Help,” followed by her name and phone number. In urgent handwriting, she added, “Call 911. Blue Honda van … going towards Kingman Las Vegas.”
The recipient of the note acted swiftly and dialed 911, providing essential information that enabled law enforcement to respond promptly. Deputies were given crucial details about the suspect and the van involved in the incident.
Law enforcement’s quick action led to the discovery of the suspect’s van and the arrest of Jacob Wilhoit, 41. Wilhoit had been a person of interest since the previous day’s alleged kidnapping from a car dealership in the Phoenix area. He was reportedly impersonating an Uber driver during the abduction.
Jacob Wilhoit is now facing multiple charges, including kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, aggravated assault, harassment, and more.
During the investigation, law enforcement discovered several firearms in plain view in Wilhoit’s van, adding to the gravity of the situation.
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office commended the victim’s courage and quick thinking. They also expressed gratitude to the observant customer who took immediate action by alerting the authorities.
The victim’s identity is being kept private, and she continues to deal with the trauma of the abduction. She is hopeful for a just resolution to the case.
Sheriff’s spokesperson Kristin Green emphasized the significance of the customer’s involvement, highlighting how their rapid response played a pivotal role in the woman’s rescue.