Four Highland County residents arrested on abduction charges


Female victim allegedly escaped from barn

By Jeff Gilliland - jgilliland@timesgazette.com



Tina Bryant


Virgil Bryant


Four Highland County residents were in jail on abduction charges Thursday after a victim escaped from a barn and contacted law enforcement officials, according to the Greenfield Police Department.

On Oct. 4, the police department responded to a report of a possible abduction in the 1300 block of Jefferson Street in Greenfield. Upon further investigation, a news release said, officers determined through witness accounts that a female had possibly been abducted from the scene.

The witnesses were able to identify suspects and vehicles associated with the alleged abduction, the police department said, and arrest warrants were issued for the suspects.

Multiple search warrants were executed by the Greenfield Police Department and Highland County Sheriff’s Office, then during the course of the investigation the victim was able to escape from a barn located in Highland County and make contact with law enforcement officials, the news release said.

Greenfield Police Chief Jeremiah Oyer said he could not comment on how the victim was detained or escaped. But he did say that the victim was not a juvenile.

On Oct. 4, the sheriff’s office apprehended Virgil Bryant, 52, of Hillsboro.

On Oct. 9, Tina Bryant, 52, of Hillsboro, was arrested by the Ohio State Highway Patrol during a traffic stop and was taken into custody.

On Oct. 11, arrest warrants were issued for Nathan Day and Sabrina Banks, both of Hillsboro. They were both arrested that evening by the Greenfield Police Department and sheriff’s office, who Oyer said has been involved throughout the investigation.

Virgil Bryant, Tina Bryant, Day and Banks have all been charged with abduction, a third-degree felony.

Oyer said that as of Thursday evening Virgil Bryant and Tina Bryant were being held at the Highland County Justice Center in Hillsboro and that Day and Banks were being held in the Greenfield jail.

The police chief said that to protect the integrity of the investigation he could not provide any further details.

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Tina Bryant
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Virgil Bryant
http://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2017/10/web1_Virgil-Bryant-mug.jpgVirgil Bryant
Female victim allegedly escaped from barn

By Jeff Gilliland

jgilliland@timesgazette.com