DALLAS, N.C. – A woman hit by several cars trying to escape from her accused kidnapper died as a result of her injuries.
Police say Aaron Obedee Compton Jr. broke a window at Tabatha Spake Heavner’s Catawba County home in the 2800 block of Rocky Ford Road around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. He allegedly bought a hunting knife 45 minutes before this at a nearby Walmart.
Heavner can be heard screaming on a 911 call made early Wednesday morning. Compton, who police say is the victim's former boyfriend, then stabbed Heavener, forced her into his vehicle and drove away, the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office says.
As he drove down U.S. 321 in Gaston County, police believe Heavner jumped from the vehicle.
Investigators say Compton then stopped the car and ran back to stab her several more times. She fought Compton and eventually escaped, but a semi truck hit her as she ran. Several other cars then struck the woman. Many drivers called 911, but she died on the highway near C. Grier Beam Boulevard.
Compton reportedly returned to his car after Heavner ran and called police. Dispatchers told him to wait at a Walgreens on Highway 150. Deputies arrested him there just before 7 a.m. without incident.
Compton faces several charges including murder, robbery and kidnapping.
The N.C. Highway Patrol, along with law enforcement officers from Gaston and Catawba counties, are investigating the incident.