Kidnapping suspect also accused of burglary and battery

By Brittany Pieper – email

MT. PLEASANT, TX (KSLA) – The man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend is behind bars.  Police have added burglary and battery to the list of charges. Early Friday morning, Titus County law enforcement got a call from Arkansas Police that a kidnapping suspect, 22-year-old Nicholas Pfiefer was at a gas station there and wanted to turn himself in.

"He was calling from a pay phone. He had called police there, and he was scared. He didn't know what to do," said Lt. Brent Smith with the Titus County Sheriff's Department.

The incident that ended in Mt. Pleasant, TX started hours away in Dardanelle, AR with a stop in New Boston, TX along the way. A report from the prosecuting attorney says Pfeifer forced his ex-girlfriend, 17-year-old Sara Alvis into his truck at a Wal-Mart in Dardanelle. Police believe he first tried to break into her home.

Hours later police found Alvis in New Boston where she asked a gas station attendant to use the phone.

"You could tell that she was crying. Just really shaky so I knew something was wrong whenever she walked in, I just didn't know what," said the attendant.

Alvis used the phone to call her family and tell them Pfeifer let her go after he saw an Amber Alert with her picture. Alvis also said Pfeifer choked her and pushed her head against a window to restrain her. She told authorities the suspect threatened to tase her and duct tape her mouth and arms, and he removed the door handles from the passenger side door so she couldn't open it.

Alvis added that her ex-boyfriend told her he wanted to be with her, and that he would take her to Houston, TX where he would make her watch him jump to his death from the tallest building there.

Alvis is back at home, and Pfeifer is still in custody.

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