Thomas Vance
Thomas Vance
An 18-year-old Carthage man spent Christmas in jail after being charged with one count of kidnapping and simple assault domestic violence for allegedly holding his ex-girlfriend against her will.

Thomas McKenzie Vance went to a 17-year-old unidentified female’s residence in Madison on Dec. 19 to talk with her.

At approximately 2:43 p.m., the Madison Police Department received a call from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office advising that two subjects who had been involved in a domestic disturbance were being held by deputies at a convenience store on North Old Canton Road in Madison County and that the incident had originated in Madison.

Upon arrival, officers learned that a female subject involved had been taken against her will from a residence in the city, according to a release from the Madison Police Department.

Vance and the female had formerly been involved in a relationship, according to police. While at the residence the female agreed to get into Vance’s car to talk. A short time later she attempted to exit the vehicle at which time Vance grabbed her and pulled back into the car. Vance then drove off in the vehicle with the victim against her will, police say. The victim attempted to make a cell phone call for assistance while in the vehicle at which time Vance confiscated her phone. 

A short time later a relative of the victim was able to make contact with Vance via cell phone and learned that they were located at the convenience store in Madison County. Shortly thereafter, Madison County deputies were dispatched to the store and secured the individuals. The victim was not injured during the incident.

Vance had his initial court appearance in Madison on Dec. 20. He received a bond of $250,000 on the kidnapping charge and $1,000 on the domestic violence charge. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and given a $5,000 bond on that charge. 

He remains in custody at the Madison County Detention Center.