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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2018 5 days ago

Ormond Beach man arrested for kidnapping of ex-girlfriend and son on I-95

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Ormond Beach resident Robert Govelitz, 28, faces multiple felony charges.
by: Jarleene Almenas Staff Writer

The Ormond Beach Police Department arrested a 28-year-old man who kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and his son from their home and forced them into his vehicle at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 9.

The victim told police that she saw her ex-boyfriend, Robert Govelitz, in her driveway that morning but that he drove away when she spotted him. She called him to find out why he was at her home, and he told her it was to return the keys to her vehicle, which had been recently stolen. When he returned, he dragged her by her hair into his vehicle, telling her if he couldn't have her, no one else could.

Robert Govelitz, 28, faces kidnapping charges after he abducted his ex-girlfriend and their son on Saturday, June 9.

According to police, Govelitz threatened to crash the car and kill everyone inside, including her son. The victim told police he grabbed her by her hair again and smashed her head into the dash. She said Govelitz said he was going to kill her and their son and dump their bodies in the swamp after he cut their throats.

While this was going on, the victim was able to call 911 and was located in the I-95 Flagler County area. She was not verbally speaking with dispatch but communicating via taps and button pushes on the keypad, police report. Dispatch could hear Govelitz threatening her in the background.

The victim's mother was able to talk Govelitz into returning her daughter and grandson back to Ormond Beach, where the vehicle was stopped by police as it turned west on West Granada Boulevard. 

Govelitz admitted to police that he told the victim he would kill them but disclosed he was depressed. According to police, he said he "really wouldn't have intentionally hurt them" but couldn't provide a valid reason for holding them against their will. When questioned further, he also admitted to stealing the victim's car and led police to its location.

Govelitz faces kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, child abuse, domestic violence batter and grand theft charges. 

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