Evansville kidnapping ‘survivor’ shares warning


An Evansville teen who escaped in handcuffs from a man shares a warning tonight. In October, Evansville Police say Roy Bebout, 46, tried to kidnap and rape a girl at a parking lot on North Main Street.

A month later, the teen says her nightmares haven’t stopped – but her courage hasn’t either.

She was walking to work on October 12 when her life changed forever. The end of the worst 15 minutes in her life is preserved in a phone call to 911.

“She said he’s dangerous,” a METS bus driver told a dispatcher, relaying the girl’s message. “Armed and dangerous.”

This is one nightmare she can’t shake but it won’t stop her from fighting back and warning other girls who carry a bottle of self-defense.

“He stuck something in my side and he said, this is a gun, if you run I’m going to kill you,” she said.

Police say Bebout was the man with a gun. The girl says he forced her in his truck. He is in Vanderburgh County jail facing rape, kidnapping, and other felony charges.

“He was really trying to take me,” she said. “I asked, ‘Why me? What did I do to deserve this?’ He said, ‘You were there.’”

The girls says they wrestled over the gun and she tried to call 911, but things don’t always go according to plan.

The pepper spray around her neck worked but it missed Bebout’s face. She says he wiped it in her eyes, then slammed handcuffs on her wrists.

“Do not rely on it because it’s not a foolproof plan, it’s not going to work every single time,” she said of the pepper spray.

She says Bebout walked around his truck, and that’s when she jumped out with her hands behind her back. She ran to the METS bus parked nearby.

There’s no denying, that day in October changed her. She is bent, broken, but still alive.

“I’m a lot more scared of certain things and I am very attentive.”

If there’s a lesson here, it shows that even the most trying times can forge undeniable strength.

“I am not a victim,” she said proudly. “I am a survivor.”

There is a GoFundMe for the girl. Family says they want to try to get her a car so she doesn’t have to walk anymore.

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This story was originally published on November 13, 2018

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