Man arrested in Newport News for allegedly abducting, threatening to kill woman

YORK COUNTY, Va. - Law enforcement in Newport News and York County worked jointly to arrest a man after he allegedly abducted a woman and threatened to kill her Saturday evening around 11 p.m.

According to the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office, Charles Wightman, 21, abducted a 21-year-old woman in Newport News and traveled into York County with her.

Deputies from YPSO were then dispatched to the 400 block of Wolf Trap Road around 10:30 p.m. in reference to an armed subject in a 2004 Red Jeep Liberty. This is when Wightman, who was believed to have a handgun and a sawed-off shotgun, was spotted going into Newport News by a YPSO deputy at the York County and Newport News border.

The Newport News Police Department arrested Wightman after they also responded to the 400 block of Wolf Trap Road with a K-9 unit.

Wightman knew the victim and allegedly threatened to kill her while he held her hostage. Deputies also say that he punched her in the face.

The 21-year-old is currently being held by law enforcement in Newport News and faces charges in that city for Abduction, Simple Assault, Brandishing, Use of a Firearm in Commission of a Felony and two counts of Firearm by Felon. He was also served with an emergency protection order. 

Wightman faces warrants for his arrest in York County as well from an incident that occurred on March 30, 2018.

Wightman declined an interview from jail.