Arrest made for kidnapping |

Arrest made for kidnapping

Investigators arrested a Nevada County man Tuesday after a woman he had been seeing reported he had held her at his home against her will.

Eric C. Hodges, 29, a stonemason, was arrested and booked at 2 p.m. into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on suspicion of felony kidnapping, false imprisonment, threatening to commit a crime and battery. Bail was set at $50,000, jail records show.

A woman arrived at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office at 8 a.m. Tuesday and told investigators she had been seeing Hodges for about six months. On Monday, she said, she went to Hodges’ residence on remote Beyers Lane, according to Sheriff’s Lt. Ron Smith.

When the woman tried to leave the house, Hodges allegedly refused to let her go. He allegedly hit her on her head and elsewhere on her body, Smith said.

“At one point, she tried to climb out the bathroom window, and he pulled her back down,” Smith said.

At another point Hodges, who is about 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs about 300 pounds, allegedly held a crossbow to her throat, Smith said.

Hodges then allegedly put the woman into his vehicle, drove to a relative’s home and ordered her “not to do anything to embarrass me,” Smith said.

The woman told investigators she escaped after Hodges fell asleep at about 5 a.m. Tuesday.

When two Sheriff’s investigators went to Hodges’ house, they saw him on the road, pulled him over and arrested him, Smith said.

Hodges is on probation for a conviction in a domestic violence case in Sacramento County. He also has a record of arrests for alcohol abuse, Smith said.


To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail trinak@theunion .com or call 477-4231.

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