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Officers say woman was not detained against her will

ELK MOUND – Officers now say there was no abduction in connection with a woman who texted police that she was being held against her will Tuesday, according to the Eau Claire Leader Telegram.

The Wisconsin State Patrol first reported that at 12:50 Tuesday afternoon its Eau Claire communications center received information that a woman was being held in a black Chevrolet Equinox traveling west on I-94 near Eau Claire.

The alleged victim was texting for help, according to the State Patrol.

Troopers were stationed along several sectors of I-94 between Eau Claire and Hudson in an effort to locate the vehicle and suspect and rescue the woman.

Eau Claire deputies were subsequently advised the woman had locked herself in the restroom of a gas station at Exit 59 in Eau Claire County.

Deputies arrived and found State Patrol already on scene. Officers interviewed both suspect and complainant and found that it was not an abduction.

According to the report, the two had met on an online dating service about a week ago, spoke on the phone and agreed to meet. The man agreed to drive from Minnesota to Whitehall to pick up woman and take her to Mall of America, but when he reached the Osseo area he changed their plans.

The woman stated he then started to touch and caress her arm, neck and leg. She told the man that she needed to use the restroom, and he stopped at the Exit 59 where she locked herself in the bathroom and called for help.

The man, from Edina, Minn., was charged with disorderly conduct and released.