NPPD: Woman stabs would-be kidnapper


NORTH PORT – A woman fatally stabs her would-be kidnapper in North Port. In a bizarre connection to the Natalee Holloway disappearance and an attempted kidnapping in North Port, a man who once claimed to have information on Holloway’s disappearance is dead after his would-be kidnap victim got the upper hand.

“Every indication we have now,” North Port Police Spokesperson Josh Taylor said. “She was the victim and basically was potentially fighting for her life.”

32-year-old John Christopher Ludwick confronted the victim in front of her home in the 4300 block of Wesley Lane just before 7 A.M.

“It appears that he was trying to push her over,” Taylor said. “To take her in her own car away and she wasn’t having it.”

The victim was able to get a hold of the knife and use it to fight Ludwick off.

“He ends up getting stabbed, runs away,” Taylor said. “That’s when we start getting the phone calls of a man injured on Biscayne Blvd.”

Ludwick was airlifted to the hospital where he died of his injuries. Taylor says Ludwick had a personal relationship with his intended victim.

“What their current relationship status is,” Taylor said, “it appears to be something that she no longer wanted, and potentially he was not very happy about that.”

Police found the knife covering in his backpack, indicating he brought it to the scene, and that his victim acted in self-defense.

“She fought for her life here,” Taylor said. “All the information, all the evidence we have, is this woman fought to save her life and is around today to talk about it.”

According to Police, Ludwick once claimed to have information about the Natalee Holloway disappearance. Authorities working that case have been notified of these events.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Port Police Department at (941) 429-7300.


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