September 18, 2011

Horrific Abduction Caught On Surveillance Camera - Woman Found Dead In Trunk Of Her Car

Horatio, Arkansas (The Weekly Vice) -
Cody Shane Griffin, a 25-year-old Horatio man was jailed Thursday after he allegedly abducted and murdered a pregnant woman from her workplace. Part of the horrifying event was captured on surveillance camera.

According to Horatio police, Griffin walked into Selena's Dish T.V. retail store shortly after the store opened around 9:00 a.m. He then grabbed an employee and held a knife to her throat.

He forced her over the counter, dragged her out of the store and then drove off. A customer entered the store a few minutes later and found the safe open, the store ransacked, and no employees around. The incident was recorded on the store's video surveillance system.

Investigators say Griffin was apprehended around 1:30 p.m. after a witness called police and stated reported a man walking down the street in his underwear. Detectives say Griffin admitted to kidnapping and murdering the victim. He also told detectives where they could find the woman's body.

Police recovered the victim from the trunk of her 1999 Ford Mustang. Police also recovered the murder weapon, Griffin's clothing and money that had been stolen from the store.

The victim was identified as 19-year-old Wendy Zapata Hernandez, a DeQueen wife and mother of a young child. She was pregnant with her second child. Family members were on the scene when her body was recovered. Hernandez’s body was sent to the state Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for an autopsy.

Griffin was booked into the Sevier County Jail. He is currently being held without bail. Charges are pending an affidavit.

Griffin is no stranger to law enforcement. In 2009, he was charged with robbing a DeQueen Sonic restaurant with a knife. He was sentenced to five years in prison. Other previous charges include felony terroristic threatening, theft by receiving, and burglary.

Mandi Milenko
The Weekly Vice

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