Police say woman may have avoided abduction or assault

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A 26-year-old Bonney Lake woman may have averted being abducted by calling 911 as she was being followed by a driver on State Route 512 near the Puyallup Fair Grounds last Friday, the Washington State Patrol said Monday. 

The woman told dispatchers that she was “afraid to pull over” after she noticed a BMW was following her on Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord, then as it followed her onto SR512 and State Route 410.

"She kind of recognized that vehicle as maybe being her ex-boyfriend that just a month earlier she had a disturbance with or incident that had some very serious felony charges involved with," State Patrol trooper Guy Gill said.

Another trooper, alerted to her location, stopped the BMW near the Sumner Buckley Highway. It turned out that the driver was her ex-boyfriend, identified as Aaron Johnson, 28, of Lakewood.  The woman had taken out a Protection Order against him stemming from a domestic violence incident in Lacey last month.

In that incident, Johnson was arrested and charged with rape, kidnapping, burglary and harassment charges. He was able to post bail, however, and was released from the Thurston County Jail on May 29.

After Friday's incident, troopers arrested the man on a separate charge and booked him into the Pierce County Jail for violating the protection order. Troopers searched his vehicle and found a woman’s wig, some oversized sunglasses, a pair of black gloves, and a roll of duct tape -- all of which could have been used in an abduction or possibly an assault.

“This is an ongoing investigation and only (the suspect) knows what his plans were, but one thing is for sure this young lady is safe and sound with him behind bars,” Gill said.

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