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Officer interrupts kidnapping downtown
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A Savannah man faces multiple charges after a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police officer interrupted a kidnapping early last Wednesday.

Freddie Greene Jr., 52, was arrested and charged with battery, aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping "after an officer heard screams and forced over a white pickup truck," police say.

Downtown Precinct patrol officers, the on-duty supervisor and violent crimes detectives had responded to a 911 call at a homeless shelter on Arnold Street at 3:36 a.m. and "were told that a 48-year-old female staying there had been kicked in the chest and assaulted by a male who then returned and forced her into a Dodge pickup," police say.

Police already had identified the truck’s owner when it passed by and the two victims being held at knifepoint began screaming for help. Police blocked the truck driving north on Randolph street. Inside were Greene, the 48-year-old female and a 59-year-old male who owns the truck.

Detectives learned that Greene and the woman "had formerly been in a relationship and that Greene had physically assaulted her and forced her into the truck along with the second male. The truck’s owner was determined to be a second victim and released," police say.