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Multiple charges leveled in Henry hijacking case

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Kidnapping and hijacking a vehicle highlight the list of charges against a McDonough man, who reportedly held a woman against her will.

Travis Theodore Onyango, 21, appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court, Friday, according to Judge Martin Jones. In addition to the kidnapping and hijacking charges, Onyango is charged with sexual battery, entering an automobile, obstructing a 911 call, criminal trespassing, public indecency and two counts of obstructing an officer.

Onyango was being held without bond Friday, in the Henry County Jail.

The case centers on an incident which allegedly occurred Thursday, at the Waterford Landing apartment complex in McDonough. Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton said Onyango approached a female victim, at the complex's mailbox area.

"He was wearing only boxer shorts and shoes," said Bolton. "He did not know the victim."

An arrest warrant obtained by Henry County Police states that Onyango, who was allegedly in possession of a gun, used "force and violence" to take a vehicle from a female victim.

"The said accused did hold against her will the victim, intentionally made contact with [her] intimate body parts ... by grabbing the victim on the back side of her pants, near the victim's buttocks," the warrant states.

The court document adds that Onyango hindered the victim from making a 911 call, by breaking her cell phone. The suspect also reportedly tried to steal a Ford F-150 truck, owned by another man, according to the warrant.

Police, Bolton added, were called to Henry County Fire Station No. 3, on Ga. Highway 42, where the victim drove with Onyango in her vehicle.

"Onyango indicated that he was under the influence of drugs," the captain said.

Onyango, the warrant continues, obstructed a pair of Henry Police officers who arrived at the scene "by failing to obey verbal commands."

Police used a Taser to subdue Onyango, the warrant states.

Police also allege that Onyango made a "lewd appearance in partial or complete nudity" in public, during the incident, resulting in the indecency charge.

Defense attorney, Steve Frey, represented Onyango in court, and waived a preliminary hearing on behalf of his client. Frey did not comment on the charges against Onyango.

Judge Jones bound the case over to Henry County Superior Court, where bond will be considered.