‘Hook up’ date ends in kidnapping, beating at local motel

‘Hook up’ date ends in kidnapping, beating at local motel
Bridget Skaggs, 38, of Louisville, is facing multiple charges after a man she met online was kidnapped during their date. (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A man who arranged an in-person meeting with a woman he met online told police he was kidnapped, assaulted, robbed and had his home burglarized.

Bridget Skaggs, 38, of Louisville, was booked into Louisville Metro Corrections on complicity charges for terroristic threatening, robbery, burglary, kidnapping and possession of heroin.

During the early morning hours today, a man showed up at the Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department station at Dixie Highway and Pendleton Road saying he had been kidnapped. The victim told police the kidnapping happened during a date with Skaggs, someone he met on the website, Plenty O Fish.

The victim, who told police he believed he and Skaggs were going to “hook up,” said they had driven to a nearby McDonald’s together before returning to Biffs Motel at 13305 Dixie Highway. As the two entered a motel room, the victim said two other people already in the room, a man and a woman, tied his hands together and told him he would be shot if he didn’t get into a car with them. The victim was struck in the face multiple times with a handgun.

After leaving the motel and traveling on Ky. 44, Skaggs and the two other suspects then drove the victim to his home where they forced their way in, taking the victim’s .25 caliber handgun and cell phone.

After the victim told police where the suspects were, officers went to the motel and found the Jeep Grand Cherokee the suspect said was used in the kidnapping parked in front of a room. When officers knocked on the door, Skaggs answered. Skaggs seemed nervous and kept looking behind her before allowing them into the room, officers said in her arrest report.

Once inside, police found the bathroom window open and saw footprints leading away from the window in the overnight snow. They also found a substance believed to be heroin along with needles and other drug paraphernalia. A box of pistol rounds matching the weapon stolen from the victim’s home was also found in the room.

Skaggs admitted to police that she had known the victim for a few days and that he had been beaten up.

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