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Man locked in silo may have been kidnapped

People in Iowa may have heard about a curious alleged kidnapping case that occurred earlier this summer in Rock Rapids. The case involved a man who claims that his wife and father-in-law drove him out to the country and locked him in a grain silo on an abandoned farm. He was able to escape the silo. He began walking down the road, but his wife and her father spotted him. They picked him back up, took him out and locking him in yet another grain silo on another abandoned farm. Again, he was able to escape and ran to a local residence, where he was able to call 911.

The woman now faces serious criminal charges, including third-degree kidnapping, as well as aiding and abetting her father in the alleged kidnapping. She was arrested in California about a week after the alleged incident, where she was required to post $40,000 bail. It is unclear whether she will have to return to Iowa for the trial, or if she may be able to reach a plea agreement with prosecutors in the case. If convicted, she faces a maximum of up to 10 years in prison for each count.

Not surprisingly, police and attorneys have a lot of questions about this bizarre case. What were they planning to do with the man, and why did they lock him in an abandoned silo? Did they really intend to harm the man, or was this some kind of ill-conceived prank?

According to investigators, the woman and her father claimed they only intended to punish him a little bit, for reasons that are still unknown. Under the circumstances, the evidence may not support a kidnapping charge. As the story continues to unfold, it is possible that the woman may see her charges dropped or reduced. Nonetheless, much like anyone accused of a serious crime, she could use the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight these unusual allegations.

Source: Fresno Bee, "Visalia woman arrested in husband's kidnap in Iowa," Lewis Griswold, Aug. 19, 2014

Source: Fresno Bee, "Visalia woman arrested in husband's kidnap in Iowa," Lewis Griswold, Aug. 19, 2014

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