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Centralia Man Arrested on Vehicle Hijacking and Kidnapping Charges

March 20, 2017

A 22-year-old Centralia man is being held in the Clinton County Jail at Carlyle after allegedly hijacking a vehicle and kidnapping a Centralia woman.

Wamac Police say the incident unfolded at 12:39 Saturday morning after the woman agreed to give Luke DeClue of South Elm Street a ride to his mother’s home in Wamac from the Centralia Walmart Store. Once the car was stopped in front of the home on West 16th, DeClue reportedly asked for $10. When the driver told him no, he allegedly opened the glove box and center console of the car where he reportedly found $10. DeClue reportedly got out of the car at that point with the $10 and loose change he found in the vehicle.

Wamac Police say after standing on the porch of his mother’s home for a short time, DeClue told the woman to let him drive or he would kill her. DeClue then reportedly got into the driver’s seat and the alleged victim was ordered to get into the passenger seat. Police say DeClue drove to Quince and Wabash, where he stopped the vehicle on the road. He allegedly told the female passenger to stay and he would be back in five or ten minutes. Once she couldn’t see DeClue anymore, the alleged victim drove to the Centralia Police department to report the incident.

Wamac Police took DeClue into custody around 11 Saturday morning when they spotted him walking near 15th and Cherry trying to hide his face. DeClue was later transferred to the Clinton County Jail on charges of aggravated assault, misdemeanor theft, vehicular hijacking, and kidnapping.

Police report the woman was not injured.

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