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Man accused of kidnapping woman at knife point, raping her in city and county

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Armed with a knife, a Canton man allegedly abducted a woman he once had a relationship with and raped her in two counties before she managed to escape, officials said Wednesday.

On Wednesday, officials said they have arrested the man for the incident, which happened Sunday in Cherokee County and Adairsville.

Mr. Chancey Earl Droney, 42, faces more than a dozen charges including: rape; sodomy; kidnapping; false imprisonment, and aggravated assault from the Adairsville Police Department and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, officials said.

On Monday, Cherokee sheriff’s detectives were dispatched to a location in Adairsville in reference to a kidnapping case, the sheriff’s spokeswoman Lt. Kim Grant said.

“The victim, who had a prior relationship with Droney, met Droney at a restaurant in the Holly Springs area after he called and wanted to meet with her,” Lt. Grant said. “Once at the restaurant, Droney produced a knife and ordered the victim into his car. Droney took the victim to a secluded location in Cherokee County where he sexually assaulted her.”

Mr. Droney then allegedly took the victim to the Ramada Inn in Adairsville where the assault continued, Lt. Grant said.

At some point, the woman was able to get away from Mr. Droney and sought help from a hotel clerk who called 911, Lt. Grant said.

Before Adairsville officers took Mr. Droney in to custody around 10:20 p.m., he cut himself, according to the Cherokee Tribune.

Mr. Droney was treated at Gordon Hospital and then transported to the Bartow County jail where he was placed on a suicide watch, the paper reported.

Cherokee County was called in on Monday when Adairsville police learned the 42-year-old woman had been abducted and bound with duct tape in the county, officials said.

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