Auburn Police: Man arrested after kidnapping mother, two children

Sarah Robinson

Jwaun J. Strum
Jwaun J. Strum

A 23-year-old man was arrested Sunday after allegedly kidnapping a mother and her two children from their Auburn home on Amy Court, authorities stated in a press release. 

Auburn Police said Jwaun J. Strum, who's acquainted with the victims, was taken into custody after police found the woman and children "unharmed" in his vehicle.

Officials said they were called to the 1200 block of Amy Court around 9:30 a.m. Sunday to check on a reported disturbance. Officers arrived on the scene and found the door of an apartment that a 34-year-old mother shared with her two children forced open.

Police concluded that the woman and her kids had been forced to leave with someone and immediately identified Strum as a suspect. They broadcasted a description of Strum and his vehicle to other agencies in the area.

A Chamber’s County sheriff's deputy located the vehicle that same day and performed a traffic stop that led to Strum being taken into custody. The victim and the children were found in the vehicle "unharmed," authorities said.

While being detained for an interview room at the Auburn Police Division, the suspect attempted to escape by accessing a crawl space in the ceiling. He was extracted from the ceiling, detained and transported to the Lee County Detention Center without bond.

Strum faces three counts of kidnapping and one count each of first-degree rape, first-degree burglary, first-degree domestic violence, third-degree escape, third-degree criminal mischief and violation of a protection from abuse order.

— Sarah is a crime & safety reporter at The Ledger-Enquirer. You can contact her on Twitter at @SarahR_92.