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Columbus police: Man accused of kidnapping woman and child

Columbus police are looking for a man accused of kidnapping a woman and a small child.

Charles Lamar Oakes, 39, is wanted for kidnapping and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, as well as multiple drug charges, police said.

According to a news release, officers responded to a call at the Extended Stay America at 1721 Rollins Way, where they met with bondsman Richard Ward. Ward told police he was looking for Charles "Chuck" Oakes for a bond revocation. He said when Oakes saw him, he began to run and dropped a handgun and assorted illegal narcotics.

Oakes forced himself into a vehicle occupied by a female driver and a small child, police said. Investigators said Oakes forced the female to drive him to another location and exited the vehicle.

Police said the woman and the child were not injured in the incident.

Oakes is described as a white man, standing six feet tall and weighing about 160 pounds, with brown hair. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on Oakes should contact police at 706-653-3400.

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