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Prison for former Dover man who kidnapped ex-girlfriend

Liz Evans Scolforo
717-505-5429/@LizScolforoYD

A former Dover Township man has been ordered to spend up to five years in state prison for kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and driving her to Maryland, where she was saved by an alert ambulance crew.

Austin Michael Myers pleaded guilty to kidnapping his ex-girlfriend and driving her to Baltimore.

Austin Michael Myers, 21, pleaded guilty Monday in York County Court to kidnapping, robbery of a motor vehicle, making terroristic threats and simple assault, according to deputy prosecutor Kimberly Kipnis.

As part of a negotiated plea agreement, he was sentenced to 2½ to five years in prison and ordered to undergo mental-health and drug and alcohol evaluations, she said. Myers will receive credit for the more than 240 days he has already served in prison.

The terms of his plea forbid him from having any contact with victim Heather Sharp, court records state.

Kipnis said Myers has mental-health issues that factored into the July 24 incident.

"I think it's a fair and just resolution," she said, adding that Sharp was in agreement with the resolution.

Public defender Ron Jackson Jr., who represented Myers, said his client is remorseful.

"He was going through a lot at the time," Jackson said.

What happened: Myers lured Sharp to southern York County by telling her he could return money that he'd taken from her, according to Southern Regional Police.

He directed Sharp to Veterans Park in New Freedom, where he took her cellphone, hit her twice in the face, forced her into the passenger side of her car, got into the driver's seat and took off, police said.

Myers told her he was taking her "to the beach" and got on Interstate 83 south, police said.

He threatened Sharp that if she tried to flag down anyone he would tie her up and put her in the trunk of her car, according to police.

Saved by EMTs: South of Baltimore, near the area of Interstate 97 and Route 50 southbound, they came upon stopped traffic and Sharp was able to open the passenger door and fall onto the pavement, police said.

Myers grabbed her and tried to pull her back into the car, according to court documents.

But an ambulance crew stopped behind Sharp's car saw what was going on, got Sharp into their ambulance and took her to a local hospital, where police were called, documents state.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.