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21 News Exclusive: Elderly Bristolville woman recounts kidnapping at knife point

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An elderly Bristolville woman is recovering from a heart attack and surgery, after she said she was held hostage in her own vehicle by an armed man.

After visiting her husband at Trumbull Memorial Hospital Thursday, May 8, Mildred Colley said she noticed a man speaking in a loud tone of voice while walking to her car. The next thing she knew, the man was near the back of her vehicle.

"He told me that my tire needed air in it, I said 'okay thank you'. In the time I said that he was at my back," Colley said.

The 74-year-old recounted the terrifying ordeal as she described the suspect held her at knife point and forced her to drive to two nearby ATMs to withdraw money. She said the suspect then asked to be let out of the vehicle afterward.

Colley said the entire time she prayed for her life.

"I just wanted to get through this and get it over with, because I knew I had to get through it, I had to live," she said.

She immediately drove to the police department to file a report and it was there that she suffered a heart attack. Colley believes the incident triggered it, she now has a pacemaker to keep her going.

On Thursday, Colley joined local law enforcement to see the suspect, William Countryman, 37, face a judge. He's charged with aggravated robbery, kidnapping and possession of drugs, all felony charges. Authorities said Countryman was using heroin when he was arrested.

Countryman waived his right to a hearing and his case could next go to the county court system.

Meantime, Colley remains concerned about the level of security outside the hospital.

When contacted by 21 News about the incident and whether security changes are being considered, ValleyCare Health System of Ohio released the following statement:

"Providing a safe environment for our patients and visitors is one of our highest priorities. Our security team regularly patrols our campus, including the parking lots, but this does not prevent the risk of such an event."

Colley survived, and she hopes sharing her story will remind everyone to pay more attention to their surroundings.

"This shouldn't have happened to me and it shouldn't happen to someone else," Colley said. "Be so aware of what's behind you and around you, make sure you pay attention."

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