The case of a woman reportedly kidnapped Saturday from Boxwood Boulevard is headed to Muscogee Superior Court.
Though two witnesses, the alleged victim's sisters, weren't present to testify Monday in Columbus Recorder's Court and the 19-year-old woman they said was forced into a vehicle at gunpoint tried to downplay the incident, Judge Mary Buckner found probable cause to order Steve Phillips, 23, held without bond on the kidnapping charge. She set a $5,000 bond on his charge of using a gun in the commission of a crime and bonds of $1,000 each on charges of pointing a pistol at another and simple battery.
Police said the 19-year-old woman's sisters called them about 7:45 p.m. Saturday to report that Phillips, her boyfriend, had come to Boxwood Boulevard in a Ford Escape, got out with a small, silver pistol, jacked the gun's slide to chamber a round, walked to where the three women were standing outside, grabbed his girlfriend by the throat and forced her into the vehicle, which sped away.
Phillips let her out of the Ford outside the Kmart at 3200 Macon Road after she told him she feared for her life, police said. An officer said she told investigators she was "fine" and "ready to go" and began to text Phillips as they questioned her.
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In court Monday, the woman said Phillips never choked her or beat her up, and she was not injured.
Phillips was arrested later Saturday when police tracked him to his Middleton Drive home, officers said.