Kidnapping

Suspect In Kidnapping, Homicides Due in Court

MADISON, Wis. – Defense lawyers for the man suspected of fatally shooting a Wisconsin couple and kidnapping their daughter say they believe he can get a fair trial, but they’re not sure where. Jake Patterson is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday. Investigators believe he broke into James and Denise Closs’ home near Barron on Oct. 15, killed…

Kidnapping Court Appearance

Accused of taking 1-year old family member

TYNDALL, S.D. (AP) – A Tyndall woman is facing a first-degree kidnapping charge after she was accused of taking the 1-year-old child of a family member. Angela Heier is due in court later this month for an initial appearance at the Bon Homme County Courthouse. Authorities say a baby sitter called the sheriff’s department May 10 to report a woman…

Iowa Mom Gets 3 Life Sentences In Girl’s Starvation Death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa woman convicted of murder in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter has been given three life sentences. The sentences were handed down Friday to 43-year-old Nicole Finn of Des Moines. She was convicted last month of first-degree murder and three counts of kidnapping. Authorities say Natalie Finn weighed only 85 pounds when…

Nebraska Man Arrested In Iowa Charged With Kidnapping

RENWICK, Iowa (AP) – Iowa authorities have arrested a Nebraska man accused of kidnapping a woman. Court records say 36-year-old Valentin Velez, of La Vista, Nebraska, is charged with kidnapping in Humboldt County. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press. Velez’s next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 5. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office says…

Jury Takes Up Case Of Iowa Woman Charged In Starvation Death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Jurors are deliberating the case of an Iowa woman charged in the starvation death of her 16-year-old daughter. Lawyers gave closing arguments Monday in the trial of 43-year-old Nicole Finn, of West Des Moines. She has pleaded not guilty to murder, kidnapping and child endangerment in the October 2016 death of 16-year-old Natalie Finn, who…

Sioux Falls Man Charged With Kidnapping, Sexually Exploiting 13-Year-Old

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man is charged with kidnapping and sexually exploiting a 13-year-old boy. Authorities say 65-year-old Robert Larson, a registered sex offender, is being held without bond following a court appearance yesterday. Court documents say the boy reported missing Nov. 27 and stopped at a Sioux Falls gas station where Larson was working. Authorities say…

Bison Man Posts $1M Cash Bond In Kidnapping, Rape Case

BISON, S.D. (AP) – A Bison man has posted $1 million in cash to bond out after being charged with kidnapping and rape. A Perkins County grand jury’s indictment of 55-year-old Richard Seidel stems from a Nov. 2 incident. Seidel also faces domestic violence and gun-related charges. Seidel was released on Monday after posting the $1 million in cash via…

Female Suspect In Greywind Murder Makes Court Appearance

FARGO, S.D. – One of two people accused in the kidnapping and murder of a pregnant Fargo woman appeared in court Thursday. Brooke Crews is accused of conspiracy to commit Savanna Greywind’s murder, kidnapping her baby girl and giving false information to police, purposely misleading the investigation. Savanna Greywind’s friends and family packed the courtroom with some wearing ‘Justice for…

$1 Million Bond In Assault And Kidnapping Case

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) – Bond is set at $1 million for a man accused of kidnapping, assaulting and burglarizing a woman in Custer County. Authorities say Harry Evans was armed with a gun and a knife when he broke into the house of an acquaintance Wednesday night, sexually assaulted her and kidnapped her. The 59-year-old Pringle man appeared in court…

Police: Man Faces Assault, Kidnapping Charges After Argument With Ex

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police arrested a man on assault and kidnapping charges after police say he beat and kidnapped his ex-girlfriend during an argument. Police say at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, 24-year-old Byron Hunter was at his ex-girlfriends apartment located near Bailey Street and West Avenue in Sioux Falls. Hunter was reportedly there to pick-up a…

Sioux Falls Man Pleads Guilty To October Kidnapping

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man has pleaded guilty in federal court to kidnapping. 61- year-old Jon Bryant Sr. was accused of forcefully taking a vehicle from a woman and then forcing the victim into the trunk and seriously injuring her. U.S. Attorney Randolph Seiler says Bryant’s motive in the October incident was revenge and that Bryant took…

Police: Man Arrested After Kidnapping And Threatening Girlfriend

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls police arrested a man on multiple charges after he kidnapped and threatened to harm his girlfriend. Police received a call around 6:30 p.m., Thursday night,  from several witnesses saying that a man was yelling at his girlfriend at the 600 block of S Regal Pl. The girlfriend said that her boyfriend punched her and…

Juveniles Facing Drug, Kidnapping Charges After Police Pursuit

Police: Boy caught with meth after stealing car with 6-year-old inside

An unmarked police car is damaged and three people are taken into custody after a pursuit Wednesday afternoon. Around 3:30 p.m., Sioux Falls police say an officer stopped a car at 10th Street and Van Eps Avenue because the driver had a warrant out for his arrest.  The officer asked the driver to get out of the vehicle.  While the…

Man Convicted Of Kidnapping, Meth Robbery

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A man convicted of robbery and kidnapping in order to get some methamphetamine will sentenced in May in Davison County. Twenty-seven-year-old Ryan Bruguier has been convicted of second-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery following a two-day jury trial. Bruguier was accused of trapping a man inside an apartment in Mitchell last July and forcibly stealing meth from…

Taxi Driver Helps Police Locate Trapped Woman

Brandon Liesinger, 27, was arrested on assault and kidnapping charges

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A Sioux Falls man is in custody for kidnapping and assault charges, after police say he locked his ex-girlfriend in a bedroom for hours early Sunday morning. Police say the woman could have been trapped in the room for a lot longer if it wasn’t for a taxi driver being in the right place at the…

SF Man Arrested After Allegedly Kidnapping, Strangling, Biting Girlfriend

A Sioux Falls man was arrested after police say he kidnapped, strangled and bit his girlfriend. Among other charges, 28-year-old Anthony Bissell was arrested for simple and aggravated assault domestic, kidnapping and false imprisonment. Police say Bissell had been arguing with his girlfriend all day on Saturday. When she tried to leave at around 8 p.m., police say Bissell took…