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Cops: Woman leapt from car after being beat by Buford man, 71

Landry Young

Landry Young

BUFORD -- Police said a Buford woman leapt from a car Sunday after being attacked by a family friend in his early 70s.

Landry Young, 71, of Buford was arrested Tuesday and charged with kidnapping, robbery, battery, reckless conduct and interference with a call for emergency assistance. Gwinnett County jail records showed he was being held without bond.

According to a Gwinnett County police incident report, Young was at a party Sunday evening when a female family friend, approximately 40 years old, needed a ride to the store. Young reportedly offered to drive her in his green Honda Accord.

The woman told police that Young turned violent during what was supposed to be a trip to the Tote-A-Poke store on East Main Street.

"(She) stated that en route to the Tote-A-Poke, Young grabbed her hair and forced her head down," the police report said. "As young was forcing (the alleged victim) down and 'pulling real tight' on her hair, he began hitting her with a closed fist."

Young allegedly attempted to choke the woman, drove erratically and made threats to crash the car, and grabbed her cellphone when she attempted to call 911. The alleged victim eventually jumped from the moving car, police said.

"(The woman) stated that she does not remember if she jumped from the vehicle or if she was pushed," the report said. "She believes that she jumped out on her own when Young slowed the vehicle but is unsure."

The woman called Young a "close family friend" and told police she didn't know why he was acting like he allegedly did.