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Fugitive's arrest prompts carjacking, police say

While deputies detained a Hilton Head Island man -- jailed twice in August for standoffs with authorities on the island and in Asheville, N.C. -- at a north-end gas station, a woman he was with forced a man and his 5-year-old daughter to give her a ride at knife point, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Lisa Lynn Cosacchi, 39, of Hilton Head Island was charged with two counts of kidnapping, one count of carjacking and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to a department release Monday.

While on patrol at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday, a deputy noticed Kenneth Eldimore Allison, 54, standing in line at a gas station on William Hilton Parkway, according to a department report.

The deputy knew Allison was wanted by Beaufort Police after he allegedly threatened a detention center employee Aug. 23. He was also wanted by the Sheriff's Office for unlawful communications involving harassing or threatening phone calls. Both charges are misdemeanors, according to authorities.

The charges came on the heels of an incident Aug. 18 in which Allison refused to surrender to deputies, leading to a four-hour standoff at his Hilton Head Plantation home. Allison was charged with unlawful use of 911 and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Then on Aug. 31, he refused to comply with police orders in Asheville, leading to a two-hour standoff there. Allison was not charged in that incident.

On Saturday, Cosacchi was in the same car as Allison. While deputies arrested Allison, Cosacchi jumped into the front passenger seat of a SUV that stopped at the gas station, the report said.

The SUV driver told deputies that Cosacchi pulled out a small knife and told him to drive.

The man said he "feared for his and his daughter's safety and did what she said," according to the report.

He drove across William Hilton Parkway and when they entered Yacht Cove, the woman jumped out of the SUV while it was still moving. The driver noticed she had left her shoes in his vehicle, the report said.

The man returned to the gas station to tell deputies about the incident, according to the report.

Deputies later arrested Cosacchi at a South Forest Beach hotel, the report said.

Allison and Cosacchi are being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center. Cosacchi's bond has been set at $65,650 and Allison's is $103,067, according to the jail log.

Allison also is wanted in Montgomery County, Md., on a fugitive from justice warrant, according to the report.

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