Sheriff: Registered sex offender abducts woman in Rowan County

Rowan County Sheriff's Office 

A registered sex offender is now facing additional charges after he abducted a woman he was working with on Monday in Salisbury, according to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office. 

The kidnapping incident happened around 6:20 p.m. Monday, April 1 near 261 Heiligtown Road. 

Deputies said a woman called 911 saying she'd been driven around by Kenneth Durant Jones, 54, for at least ten minutes against her will, and that he'd been taking her down secluded back roads. She also said Jones had become irate when she asked to be released. 

Once deputies arrived at the scene, the 28-year-old woman said it all began earlier in the day when she had received work from a temporary job service and had been paired with Jones as a carpool. 

The victim advised that she and Jones had worked together all day, and that all had seemed to be fine.  After the work day was complete, she said that Jones offered to take her to a local Food Lion so she could draw funds from the pay account from the temporary job service. 

The woman explained to deputies that instead of going to the store, Jones took her to a home, where she waited in the vehicle while Jones went inside. The woman said that when Jones returned to the vehicle, he appeared to be acting very erratic, and that she suspected he may have just taken some type of illegal drug. 

The woman told deputies that Jones then drove to a local store, but did not stop at all, instead making a lap and returning to the road. 

At this time, Jones began driving around back roads, and the woman repeatedly asked him to let her out of the car. She said she would attempt to exit the vehicle when Jones would slow down, but that every time she would attempt to get out that Jones would immediately speed up to prevent her from getting out of the car. The woman said at this point, Jones started to ask sexually related questions which made her feel more panicked. She was eventually able to jump and run from the vehicle. 

Jones and his vehicle were detained at the scene nearby, deputies said. 

It was soon discovered that Jones was a registered sex offender and had been placed on the registry in the 1990s for forcible rape. Upon searching Jones, deputies found a small baggie containing several small white, rock like items that were located in his underwear. The hidden items appeared to be crack cocaine, deputies said. 

Jones has been charged with second-degree kidnapping, felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.