Three people were booked into the Barton County Jail on kidnapping charges Saturday evening, while a fourth suspect remained at large. The alleged victim, Robin Pierce, contacted police from Great Bend Regional Hospital.
Detective David Bailey at the Great Bend Police Department issued a news release on Monday, noting the Barton County Sheriff’s Office was an assisting agency. Around 5:07 p.m., witnesses in the 5900 block of Eisenhower Ave. said Pierce had been taken against her will by four individuals.
According to 911 call logs, a friend of Pierce contacted law enforcement from an apartment in that block. The friend said Pierce, a homeless person who “floats around,” was outside and “asking for the cops to be called.” Suspects in a silver Dodge had taken her phone and were trying to make her leave with them. Everyone left in the Dodge and in Pierce’s maroon Monte Carlo.
As the investigation began, Pierce contacted law enforcement from GBRH, Bailey reported. Officers contacted her there.
“While Pierce was being transported from the hospital to another location, Pierce observed the suspect vehicle used in this incident at 10th and McKinley, parked at a business,” the statement continues. Officers went to the business and arrested three of the four suspects, but were unable to locate the fourth person.
Bailey declined to name the suspects until formal charges are filed by the Barton County Attorney’s Office.
The Barton County Jail log lists three individuals who were booked Saturday, each on one count of kidnapping, in lieu of $100,000 bond. They are William Allen of McPherson, Jill Harney of Hutchinson and Roberta Arell of Hutchinson.
The investigation is continuing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Great Bend Police Department Detective Division, 793-4120, or call Crime Stoppers, 792-1300.