Kidnapping survivor: “I felt God has given me another opportunity”

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man remains behind bars after stealing a car, kidnapping its owner and later robbing a bank.

Police have charged 25-year-old Ronnie Worthy with kidnapping and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

The woman he kidnapped is still recovering from the traumatic experience.

“If I can tell him anything I would tell him how much harm he’s done to one family,” [Maria] said through a translator. For the woman’s safety, KXAN has concealed her identity.

A trip to the doctor Wednesday quickly turned into a fight for her life. Police say Worthy approached Maria in the St. David’s Hospital parking garage and demanded her to get back in her truck.

“I said ‘no’ and he pointed his gun at my face and he told me get in the truck, and so we both got in the car,” she said.

Ronnie Worthy is charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Ronnie Worthy is charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Worthy said he would let her out once they left the parking lot, but that wasn’t the case.

“He hit me in the face,” she said. “I told him, ‘please don’t do anything to me because I have sons.’ He said he didn’t care.”

Maria eventually pulled out her Wells Fargo card. Worthy drove her to the nearest Wells Fargo and demanded $1,500, or else he would shoot her, according to arrest affidavit. Maria told Worthy she could not withdrawal money from the window and that it had to be from the ATM. Instead of going to the ATM, Maria ran from the car and called for help.

“I ran into the bank and asked for help,” she said. “I said ‘help me, help me please.’ And they asked me ‘what’s wrong, what’s happened?’ And I told them I was kidnapped.”

While Maria’s afraid to go outside alone now, she is grateful for a second chance.

“I felt better. I felt God has given me another opportunity for life. I felt I had been reborn.”

Bank employees ran outside, but Worthy had fled in her car. He was later accused of robbing a bank in Bastrop. Authorities were able to track Worthy back to a neighborhood in eastern Travis County and he was arrested without incident.

Worthy is currently being held in the Travis County Jail on $500,000 bond.

See the rest of the story tonight on KXAN News at 10.

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