Woman Freed, Kidnapping Suspect Hospitalized With Gunshot Wound

Monday, February 5th 2007, 12:55 pm
By: News On 6

CARNEY, Okla. (AP) _ The FBI safely recovered a woman who was abducted early Monday from a home in Wichita, Kan., and her alleged abductor was receiving treatment for a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

Tony Province, 46, was discovered by officers around 4:30 p.m. Monday in a heavily wooded area in Carney. Province was taken from the scene on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance. FBI spokesman Gary Johnson said Province was being flown by medical helicopter to an Oklahoma City hospital.

Authorities suspect Province broke into a Wichita home about 8 a.m. Sunday, tied up his ex-wife and her daughter and waited for his former stepdaughter, Annetta Jaros, 35, to arrive, said FBI Special Agent Jeff Lanza.

When Jaros arrived at the home about 4:30 a.m. Monday, he took her hostage and fled to Oklahoma, Lanza said.

The two women he left tied up at the home managed to free themselves and call police.

In Oklahoma, a member of the FBI's tactical team spotted Province and Jaros about 200 yards east of the residence in Carney, and Province released the woman, said FBI spokesman Gary Johnson.