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Note left at gas station helps police find women who say they were kidnapped

A man is now behind bars after police say he held two women against their will.

48-year-old James Porter, Senior is charged with unlawful imprisonment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lexington Police caught up with him Wednesday morning after a clerk at the Shell gas station on Stanton Way found a strange note in the bathroom.

Police say two women and a man were with Porter when he was arrested.

Those women claim Porter kidnapped them.

The four came to the Shell station early Wednesday morning. Irene Stewart says she saw them come in.

"I saw the girls asking where the restroom was," Stewart, who works at the store, said. "I didn't think anything of it."

When the four left, Stewart says she found a note scrawled on the bathroom mirror.

"These two men have my friend and I," Stewart said as she described what the note said. "Call 911. Said it was a compact red car and had the license plate."

After Stewart called police, officers caught up with the group not too far away at the Chevron on Newtown Pike.

The women are ok. Police didn't charge the other man with Porter.

Stewart says she's glad she wasn't afraid to help.

"I don't know what's going on but I didn't want anyone to get hurt," she said.

Police say they'll continue to interview the women about this alleged kidnapping.

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