Store worker recalls when Citrus County kidnapping victim escaped; suspect still on the run

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – 3:33 p.m. is when Rachel Craddock can’t get out of her head. It was then that she saw the woman knocking on the window of the convenience store where she works.

“And she was knocking on my window saying, help me, help me, help me,” Craddock said. ” He is going to kill me. He is going to kill me. He is running out right now “

Craddock is a clerk at the Citgo gas station on Main Street in Inverness. Hillsborough Sheriff’s detectives say Cody Lee Jackson, 32, beat the victim up, tied her up, then traveled to Citrus County.

The sheriff’s office won’t say whether the victim is a man or a woman citing Marsy’s law, but Craddock says it was female.

Cody Lee Jackson, passport photo of a 2020 arrest

She said she could see the woman was injured and needed help immediately.

“She had a gouge here. She had blood, tangled in her hair, she had leaves in her hair, ”Craddock said. “She had extension cords on her arms, but one was hanging down because that’s how she came undone. It was hanging from her arm.

Craddock explains that Jackson was in the store when the woman broke free.

“The man across the way at the funeral home, he walked into the store. I don’t know if he scared him or if he escaped from the car made him run out, ”said Craddock, who immediately ran to the woman’s aid. “So I unlocked my door really quickly and pulled it in and locked it again, then we ran to the other door and locked it and it was locked in there. ‘outside and after seeing that he wasn’t coming back towards her, he took off from the pump one. and towards Citrus Memorial. “

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating because the ordeal began at a house in Seffner.

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said this:

“This man’s actions are reprehensible. He threatened the life of this victim and it could have ended in tragedy if the victim had not managed to escape just in time, ”said Sheriff Chronister. “This attack was targeted. However, given Jackson’s violent behavior, we ask anyone who comes in contact with him to call us immediately. Please do not engage with the suspect as he may be armed with a weapon.

Anyone with information on Jackson’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.