A man who rescued a kidnapped woman in Estill on Tuesday was chased by the kidnapper until he was forced to crash into a road sign in front of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, according to a report from the Ridgeland Police Department.
The man, identified by WTOC as Avery Jones, was getting food from a gas station when a woman told him she needed help. The woman was forced into the trunk of a gold Honda Accord after she and her mother had been struck several times by 18-year-old Raekwon Smart, the Ridgeland police report said.
Smart took the woman to an Estill home and a gas station on Jacob Smart Boulevard in Ridgeland, where he went to cash in a lottery ticket. While in the parking lot, she approached a customer who said he didn't want to get involved, the report said.
The woman next approached Jones, who told WTOC the woman was clearly in distress; her eyes were swollen and blood was on her legs.
After offering to take her to the Sheriff's Office, he spotted the Honda Accord driven by Smart following his Dodge pickup truck. Smart crashed into the back of Jones' truck multiple times, eventually forcing him into a sign outside the Sheriff's Office and totaling both vehicles, the report said.
Smart tried to run from the crash, but was arrested by deputies who witnessed the wreck. He was charged with two counts of assault and battery by Ridgeland police.
Smart is expected to face more charges stemming from the Estill assault and kidnapping, officials with the Hampton County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.
Jones told WTOC he's not a hero and just did what any good person would do.
"I would do that for anybody, any mother, grandparent, baby or child," he said. "I'm just a good citizen."