A man has been charged with rape and kidnapping after deputies say a woman stopped to help a stranded motorist along the highway. The abduction happened not far from where Jimmy Sumner works. “I would hope that in that situation that stopping to help someone or having someone stop to help you-wouldn’t come out that way-but the way things can get today you never know.”

Bobby Ray Grady of Dudley is charged with first degree rape and first degree kidnapping. Wayne County deputies say early Monday morning the victim was driving home from work when she came upon a disabled car with its 4-way flashers on at Highway 111 and Bill Lane Boulevard.

Concerned that someone was stranded, the 29-year-old woman stopped and asked the man if he needed assistance. After helping him move his car off the road the victim offered him a ride. The man pulled out a knife and held it against her neck. Deputies say the man told the woman to drive down another rural road where he raped her at knife point.

Deputies say the victim was able to remain calm and memorize enough details that lawmen were able to quickly develop a suspect. The 36-year-old Grady is being held on a $500,000 bond. Records show Grady was last in prison in 2005 after serving three years for kidnapping and robbery.

Detectives say if motorists come upon a vehicle they don’t recognize that may be in trouble–to call law enforcement. They say they’re always happy to come out and see if that person needs assistance.

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