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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Suspect arrested for kidnapping

  • A rural Easton man was arrested Friday after he allegedly threatened another man with a shotgun and forcing him into a vehicle, according to Sheriff’s Office officials.
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  • A rural Easton man was arrested Friday after he allegedly threatened another man with a shotgun and forcing him into a vehicle, according to Sheriff’s Office officials.
    The victim eventually was able to get away. The incident was reported at 5:45 a.m. Friday.
    The 19-year-old suspect and the victim, a 24-year-old rural Easton man, reportedly had been involved in a couple of fights concerning a woman at a residence on Woodward Road. The men suffered minor injuries and two cell phones were damaged, according to Sheriff’s Office officials.
    The victim and an 18-year-old rural Easton woman left the residence. Later in the night, the victim was walking on Mt. Olivet Road when the suspect allegedly pulled up and forced him to get into the vehicle at gunpoint, according to Sheriff’s Office officials.
    The suspect allegedly drove by the 18-year-old woman’s house on Easton Road and fired shots. A parked car and an outbuilding were struck, but no injuries were reported.
    The victim reported to authorities that he was able to get away from the suspect. The victim called 911.
    Parties involved were interviewed, and there was evidence supporting the victim’s story, according to a report from the Sheriff’s Office.
    Officers took the suspect into custody. The suspect allegedly tried to flee from officers.
    “He turned and ran, but he only made it a few steps,” sheriff’s Lt. Mark Metcalf said.
    The suspect was arrested for allegations of kidnapping, aggravated assault, criminal discharge of a firearm, obstruction, making a criminal threat, battery, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.
    Officers searched the suspect’s residence. The shotgun that was said to have been used during the incident was not recovered. But authorities found what they believe to be drugs at the home, according to Sgt. Mike Wehmeyer.

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