Ricki Brison could have gotten away.
She saw a chance when her alleged abductor got out of her car to grab a bag he had left on a bench. But she didn't make a move.
“I didn't want to do anything to upset him because I didn't know if he had a weapon,” Brison told The World-Herald. “He could have hurt other people.”
Adrian L. Ross is charged with felony false imprisonment. A judge on Thursday set his bail at $250,000. Ross must post 10 percent of that amount to be released from the Douglas County Jail.
Ross is accused of abducting Brison late Monday from the Walmart parking lot near 128th and L Streets. Omaha police say he got into Brison's car and made her drive him to a Bellevue hotel, where officers caught up with them.
Police said the incident remains under investigation.
Brison, 20, who did not attend Thursday's bail hearing, said she never feared for her life Monday. “It was honestly mostly just an irritating experience,” she said.
It all began as Brison was in her car waiting for her husband, who works at the store. She said Ross got into her car and made her drive. She said he never showed a weapon and appeared drunk or high.
They headed toward Bellevue. Brison's husband called, and Ross allowed her to answer her cellphone.
She said she told her husband that she had run into their “friend” Adrian and that she had to give him a ride.
Brison, who works as a cashier, said she asked her husband if there was somebody he could call for a ride if there was an “emergency.”
“My husband understood what I was saying and called the police,” she said.
Meanwhile, Brison said, she was speeding and running red lights in the hope that a police officer would pull her over. She even considered heading to Offutt Air Force Base and trying to drive into the entry gate.
She said Ross was never threatening, though he did make verbal sexual advances.
“He wanted me to take him to a bar and a hotel,” she said. “He said he had seen me before and thought we had connected.”
Brison agreed to take Ross to the Bellevue Holiday Inn Express near 15th Street and Cornhusker Road. Her husband had called again, and she told him where they were.
“Three minutes later, we got back in the car and we got about 20 yards before the police were there,” Brison said.
Ross was arrested. Brison went home unharmed. She said she plans to use the experience to encourage families to have code words they can use in case of an emergency.
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