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MPD apprehends suspects in Iowa crimes | Charges filed Friday in Saline County Circuit Court

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Update: Three Iowa resident arrested at a Marhsall motel Thursday night have been charged in Saline County Circuit Court. Details below.

Marshall police arrested three suspects Thursday evening, Jan. 31, for receiving stolen property and possession of controlled substance. The three also were wanted by Iowa authorities for allegedly committing a number of crimes there, according to MPD spokesman Roger Gibson.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m., Saline County 911 Center received an emergency telephone call from a Kiron, Iowa, woman stating her son was sending her text messages reporting he was at the Marshall Lodge in Marshall and had been taken hostage by a man with a gun, Gibson said in a news release.

Police arrived three minutes later and found three subjects from Iowa, but they found no gun at the scene.

One of the three "wanted to return to Iowa and had asked his mother to come get him," Gibson said. "(He) thought if he told his mother he was being held against his will she would come to Missouri quicker to get him, not knowing she would contact authorities."

Officers found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the room and soon learned the three were fugitives from Iowa, Gibson said.

During the course of the investigation, officers recovered a stolen vehicle from Greene County, Iowa, and assisted agencies in Iowa to solve burglaries in Ogden, Iowa, and Greene County.

Leslie Eileen Ritter, 17, of Jefferson, Iowa, was charged with class C felony possession of a controlled substance and class C felony receiving stolen property.

Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety.

Kyle Alan Abernathy, 19, of Scranton, Iowa, and Joshua Jay Blumberg, age 17, of Grand Junction, Iowa, were each charged with class C felony receiving stolen property.

Bond for each was set at $7,500 cash or surety.

Missouri State High Patrol troopers and Saline County sheriff's deputies assisted police in the investigation.

Editor's note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.

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Contact Eric Crump at ecrump@marshallnews.com