An abusive ex-boyfriend kidnaps a young woman at gun point, but escapes from custody before he can be tried.
In January of 1994, in a small Missouri town called Mexico, 19 year-old Denise Williams was shot at and run off the road by her ex-boyfriend, 31-year-old Randall Utterback. They had met at a party a year and a half earlier. According to Denise, Randall seemed just dangerous enough to be exciting:
When Denise went away to college, she hoped the distance would improve the relationship. She said it didn’t:
According to Denise, her family was shocked when Utterback talked her into enrolling in a community college closer to him:
Several months passed. The abusive pattern continued until Denise reached her breaking point:
When, during an argument, Utterback became enraged and broke up with Denise, she said it came as a relief:
But Utterback was stunned when Denise didn’t come crawling back. Denise says he began to stalk her, waiting until she was alone and unprotected.
Utterback was arrested for felonious restraint and aggravated stalking. He was in jail for a week before posting bond. A restraining order barred him from seeing or talking to Denise. By Januray 1994, Denise finally began to relax, but she had let down her guard too soon.
Utterback then fired at Denise and ran her car off the road. As she tried to run away, Utterback came after her. Denise tried to spray him with mace. In the struggle, Utterback bit her hand and dropped his gun. He then managed to drag Denise into her car and he drove off with her. According to Denise, Utterback begged her to take him back:
Denise pleaded with Utterback to stop the car. He finally pulled over and fled. Denise’s father and a sheriff’s deputy, along with several other people, gathered around the car. A deputy immediately began to question Denise. He then drove her to the emergency room to have her checked out. On the way, they spotted Utterback in his car. The deputy pulled him over and Utterback was placed under arrest.
Randall Utterback was charged with stalking, felonious restraint, and armed criminal action. He was imprisoned without bond. Several months later, while being transported to the hospital, he managed to escape. He’s still on the loose, a fact that keeps Denise awake at night: