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Kidnapping suspect, victim found in Twiggs traffic stop

A Twiggs County traffic stop for illegal window tinting resulted in the arrest of a kidnapping suspect, and the return of the 13-year-old victim.

According to Twiggs County Chief Deputy Billy Boney, on Sunday, the Paulding County Sheriff's Office announced the abduction and possible kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl from a sleepover party at a home in the county. Witnesses at the party say the girl befriended 18-year-old Keith Alan Dubel of Fort Pierce, Florida, at the party. When the witnesses woke up the next day, the girl and Dubel were gone.

Later that day, Cpl. Jeremy Johnson of the Twiggs County Sheriff's Office was patrolling Interstate 16, when he saw a black Dodge Charger drive by with what appeared to be illegally-dark window tint. When Johnson stopped the vehicle, he talked to the driver, Dubel, and his passenger, who later turned out to be the missing juvenile.

Johnson smelled marijuana in the car, and noticed the car's occupants seemed nervous, so he called Sgt. Jason Smith to the scene to investigate.

After refusing several times to give the officers her date of birth, the juvenile finally told officers who she was, and her parents were called to pick her up from the scene.

Dubel was arrested and is charged with a tint violation, impeding the traffic flow, and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Dubel is in the Twiggs County jail pending a bond hearing, with a hold for the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.

The Paulding County Sheriff's Office is expected to charge Dubel with kidnapping.


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