The search for a woman kidnapped at gunpoint by her husband from a Lincoln hair salon turned increasingly desperate Saturday as valuable hours ticked away.
The day drew to a close with no sign of Julie Hanes or her estranged husband, Dwayne Lawrence, who took her from the salon she owns at 27th and O streets at about noon, according to at least two witnesses inside the business at the time.
Police quickly swarmed Audacious Hair Salon & Massage after receiving word of the kidnapping, but the couple already were gone.
Investigators searched several locations, including Lawrence’s work -- A&D Auto & Truck at Touzalin and Colfax avenues in north Lincoln -- where they found his 1999 Ford F-250 but no trace of him or Hanes.
At the same time, Lincoln police turned to the public, the media and other law enforcement agencies for help.
They gave descriptions of him -- a white man with blond hair and blue eyes, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds and dressed in all black, armed and possibly carrying a black backpack -- and of her, a white woman, 5-foot-5, 185 pounds, with bleached blond hair and green eyes, last seen wearing a peach tank top and blue shorts.
They also described a possible getaway vehicle: a gold 1998 Chrysler Concorde, license plate TKA048, possibly headed for Imperial, North Platte or the Denver area.
Events earlier in the summer made the search appear all the more desperate.
In documents filed in Lancaster County District Court in July, Hanes described being terrorized repeatedly by her husband, whom she married in Jamaica in 2001.
A judge granted Hanes a protection order against Lawrence on July 16 after she filed a three-page affidavit recounting multiple incidents in which he threatened her or himself with a gun.
Standoffs between the pair would last for hours, she wrote, with her telling him “everything he wanted to hear” until he backed down.
On July 8, three days before she sought the protection order, Lawrence fired a gunshot into their bedroom wall at 33rd and Dudley streets, Hanes wrote. He then threatened to kill himself in front of her in hopes that she would take her own life.
“Finally, around 2 or 3 a.m. he said if I stayed with him he would stop,” she wrote. “So I said yes and he finally took the magazine out and put the gun down.”
Police arrested Lawrence in connection to the incident July 12, and he since has been charged with false imprisonment, making terroristic threats and using a weapon to commit a felony. He posted 10 percent of a $250,000 bond and was released July 16 on the condition that he stay away from Hanes, their home and any firearms, and that he remain in Lancaster County.
Hanes filed for divorce July 30.
Hours after Saturday’s kidnapping, the salon was locked up. The 33rd and Dudley streets area was quiet and a single police officer watched the couple’s house from a cruiser.
A neighbor said Hanes and Lawrence had moved out of the home, and other neighbors have been helping with lawn maintenance.
Two neighbors said they didn’t witness any violence between the two in July, describing them as a normal couple who would walk their dogs and have the occasional spat.
Bob Vance said Hanes and Lawrence were good neighbors. When Vance’s father was sick and living at home, Lawrence helped out by working on his car and shoveling the driveway, Vance said.
“Dwayne was always so helpful to my dad. It’s just hard to think he’s acting in this manner. I’m praying for both of them.”
As of 10:40 p.m. Saturday, the pair had not been found.
Police consider Lawrence armed and dangerous and ask that anyone who sees him call 911 and does not approach the couple.