Tennessee kidnapping case ends in Mississippi

ABERDEEN, Miss. (AP) -- A kidnapping that began at a Kangaroo gas station in a Nashville suburb ended in Monroe County, Miss., when a Tennessee man was found dead.

According to an account by the Mt. Juliet, Tenn., police, an 18-year-old woman was abducted at gunpoint by 57-year-old Stephen Cronk on Wednesday.

Cronk then drove to Aberdeen, where he rented a hotel room and forced the victim to perform sexual acts.

The victim grabbed Cronk's handgun when he became distracted. She fired once, striking Cronk in the stomach. He fled and the victim barricaded herself in the room and called 911.

Cronk was found dead inside his vehicle early Friday at a gas station in Hamilton.

Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Randall said an autopsy has been ordered.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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