WHITEMARSH >> A Coatsville man is facing multiple charges including kidnapping and aggravated assault following a March 2 incident in which his alleged victim made a frantic 9-1-1 call as he drove her through several Philadelphia suburbs.
Thomas Hewczuk Jr., 25, was also charged with resisting arrest after reportedly trying to evade police once he was pulled over.
The incident began around 5:20 p.m. when Whitemarsh police received a call from State Troopers regarding possible suspicious activity in the area of Ridge and Butler pikes.
Dispatchers said a woman had called, screaming that she was being held against her will in a gray Volkswagen Golf.
An officer spotted the vehicle heading north on Butler Pike near Cardinal Drive and initiated a traffic stop, but according to the arresting affidavit, when the officer approached, the driver, later identified as Hewczuk, drove off the road onto a grassy area and around several vehicles before re-entering the northbound lanes.
The officer then began a pursuit with lights and sirens which ended after a short distance when the Volkswagen again became stuck in traffic.
When the officer pulled beside the vehicle he observed a man and a visibly distressed woman inside.
The officer told the woman to get out of the car, which she did, but when he approached the car on foot, Hewczuk reportedly ignored commands to keep his hands up and drove in the officer’s direction.
The officer then tried to open the driver’s side door, which was locked. So he smashed the driver’s side window with his baton.
Hewczuk reportedly accelerated the vehicle in the officer’s direction again before stepping out of the car and submitting to detention after a brief struggle.
The victim told police she and Hewczuk were headed to the Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, but never made it there because of a mix-up with their tickets.
On their way back, she said, Hewczuk made amorous advances toward her which she rebuffed, causing him to get upset.
According to the victim, Hewczuk slapped her and spit on her after the rejection, then drove past her exit, causing her to fear for her life.
The victim, who had visible bruises on her forehead and hands, told authorities, according to the criminal complaint, that Hewczuk said he wanted her to love him, and wanted them to get married and have children. And that he wouldn’t hurt her if “she was not bad.”
She said Hewczuk continued striking her and also head-butted her during the ordeal, and she tried several times to escape, but he pulled her back into the vehicle, ripping her clothes.
Under questioning, the criminal complaint says, Hewczuk admitted to the victim’s allegations and reportedly said he did not stop because he felt he needed to get home, where he would “show her that he has love for her,” but things got progressively worse.
The complaint says he stated he justified himself by saying that is what she wanted.
In addition to kidnapping and aggravated assault, Hewczuk was charged with unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, simple assault, reckless endangerment, and possession of drug paraphernalia for a marijuana pipe found inside the vehicle.
Court records show he was remanded to Montgomery County Prison after failing to post $100,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled in District Court April 5.