Police: Woman Abducts Other Woman After Fight

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Dianna Howell (Photo Credit: Newcomerstown Police Department)

NEWCOMERSTOWN, Ohio — A Tuscarawas County woman is in custody after turning herself in over an alleged abduction, police confirmed Tuesday.

According to Newcomerstown police, Dianna Howell, 62, was arrested early Tuesday morning. A warrant had been issued for her after police say she abducted another woman Monday night.

Howell reportedly drove around with the woman against her will for about 90 minutes until the victim managed to escape to a gas station on US Route 36, where she called for help.

Police say the victim was distraught over the abduction, but not injured.

Using its Facebook page, the Newcomerstown Police Department issued an alert to the public to look out for Howell.

Hours later, Howell turned herself in to the Newcomerstown Police Department, where she was arrested.

Investigators said the abduction is believed to have been over a “personal” issue between Howell and the victim. The two had reportedly argued before the incident.

Howell was scheduled to appear Tuesday morning in the Tuscarawas County Common Pleas Court on one count of felony abduction.

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