Pasco deputies looking for man who allegedly tried to suffocate, kidnap woman

Jason Cheladyn, photo via Pasco County Sheriff's Office

HUDSON, Fla. (WFLA) – Pasco County deputies are looking for a man they say tried to suffocate and kidnap a woman in Hudson Tuesday night.

Around 10:30 p.m., the victim was at home when the family dog bit her roommate. The victim called a friend, Jason Cheladyn, 44, to see if he’d take the roommate to the hospital, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

The roommate found another way to the hospital before Cheladyn arrived, deputies said.

The suspect and victim sat in a red, four-door Hyundai sedan, with the Florida tag BPSP50, in front of the victim’s home.

Cheladyn asked the victim if she wanted to smoke, deputies said. When she refused and tried to leave the vehicle, the suspect allegedly put a plastic bag over her head and tried to keep her in the vehicle. Deputies said the victim fought back and was able to escape from the car.

Detectives issued warrants for Cheladyn for false imprisonment and simple battery. The suspect’s last known address is 17041 Budowski Road in Brooksville.

If you have information on Jason Cheladyn’s whereabouts, call the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office by calling 9-1-1 or 727-847-8102. In addition, tips can be left at 1-800-706-2488 or online here.

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