Nov 24, 2021 8:00 PM

Domestic disturbance in Hays leads to kidnapping arrest

Posted Nov 24, 2021 8:00 PM

By JAMES BELL
Hays Post

A Kansas man is facing kidnapping charges after an incident in a Hays parking lot.

At around 6:40 p.m. Nov. 16, Hays Police were dispatched to a disturbance in a parking lot in the 2800 block of Vine.

The reporting party said a woman heard a scream and saw a woman on the ground, according to Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler. The woman was then reportedly thrown into a car that left the scene.

"By the time the officers got up there, the suspect was gone, but there was a broken cellphone and blood in the parking lot," he said. "When we began investigating, our concern was that it was a domestic disturbance and somebody got hurt, or this was a kidnapping. It turned out to be both."

That evening, he said, officers spoke with the victim and the suspect via phone, but were unable to determine their location.

On Nov. 17, the Kansas Highway Patrol located the suspect vehicle in Russell County and apprehended the suspect, identified as David Keith Mason, 38.

The victim was transported to Hays Medical Center for the treatment of head injuries, Scheibler said.

Mason was arrested on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated battery, domestic battery and criminal damage to property.

"This is a violent domestic incident," Scheibler said. "We'd like to remind the public that there are resources available at Hays Police Department. ... We'll see an increase in domestic violence through the holidays. Please, we encourage you to reach out for help. We're here to help you. These domestic violence-type situations won't get better on their own and they won't go away."

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