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Bath Man Charged with Kidnapping and Assault

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Steuben County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man they say tried to kidnap a woman on Friday morning.

Jason Strauss, 29, of Bath, is charged with Kidnapping and Assault. Investigators say the victim was jogging on County Route 3 in Thurston when she was approached by Strauss in a truck asking for directions.

That's when deputies say Strauss got out of his truck and forced the woman into his vehicle.

When the woman fought back and got out, police say Strauss backed his truck into her, knocking her into a ditch. She ran to a nearby house and called 911.

The woman was treated for injuries and released. Strauss was arraigned and sent to the county jail on a $100,000 bail.

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