CONYERS -- A Snellville man was charged with kidnapping Sunday afternoon after he allegedly went to a church where his estranged wife was in attendance and forced her to leave with him.
The suspect, Matthew Ryan Boutelle, 24, of 4620 Calleigh Way, Snellville, was arrested by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, at his father's home in Newton County on Sunday.
Boutelle allegedly went to the Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on Glenn Road at about 4 p.m. Sunday, went inside where congregants were taking a break, and forced his 23-year-old wife to go outside with him.
RCSO Investigator Michael Camp said Boutelle "forcibly walked" the victim toward his car, apparently against her will. He then reportedly drove out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed.
Camp said a witness told the RCSO that as the car was leaving the parking lot, the victim mouthed the words: "He won't let me go."
A deputy was stopped at the intersection of Glenn Road and Dogwood Connector and saw a motorist flash their lights and then pull up to the deputy to let her know something was going on at the church, according to Camp.
Camp said the deputy went to the church where witnesses provided several different tag numbers for Boutelle's car. The RCSO eventually got in touch with the suspect's father and, with the assistance of the NCSO, arrested Boutelle at his father's Oxford residence.
Camp said the victim was also at the father's home. She was unharmed. The couple had been separated for two months, according to Camp.