Cheyenne Man Charged with Kidnapping, Beating Wife
A 26-year-old Cheyenne man is facing a felony kidnapping charge after allegedly beating his wife and forcing her to drive him.
An affidavit says the woman had gone to borrow gas money from Jason Stricker in the area of 27th Street on September 28, when Jerry Louis Woods, Jr. drove up and accused her of cheating on him.
After reportedly following his wife and Stricker to her grandmother's house in the 1800 block of Washington Avenue, Woods got into his wife's car and told her to drop Stricker off wherever he needed to go.
When Stricker got out of the car near the intersection of Walterscheid Boulevard and W. Prosser Road, Woods' wife tried to exit the vehicle too, but Woods reportedly grabbed her by her jacket and hair and told her to "f***ing drive."
The woman drove to Pizza Hut on the S. Greeley Highway and again tried to get out the car, but Woods reportedly grabbed her hair and began hitting her, telling her to drive him to his mom's house in the 2200 block of Gordon Road.
Woods' wife began driving north on the S. Greeley Highway and pulled into Town & Country Supermarket Liquors' parking lot. When she attempted to get out of the car, Woods reportedly grabbed her by the hair, shoved her face into the seat and began hitting her again.
Woods was arrested and has been charged with kidnapping inflict injury-voluntary release and domestic battery-first offense. He could face up to 21 years in prison if convicted on both counts.
Woods' bond has been set at $10,000 cash. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 6 in Laramie County Circuit Court.