The arrest warrant has been dropped against the Great Bend man originally sought by Great Bend authorities for allegedly beating and cutting of his ex-fiance a week ago and who turned himself to the Gardner police Thursday, Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings said Friday.
Tad Tyler Heath Hall, 30, was taken into custody by the Gardner Police Department and booked in Johnson County Jail Thursday afternoon. Shortly after the arrest, however, the Great Bend Police Department received information he was not in the Great Bend area at the time of the attack last Sunday.
Great Bend investigators then re-interviewed 22-year-old Alycia Masden, who claimed Hall had attacked her in her home. During the second interview Thursday, she recanted on her statement that Hall was the attacker.
Akings said Thursday the Great Bend Police Department received a call at about 2:15 p.m. from the Gardner department saying Hall had walked into the station, after learning there was a warrant out for his arrest. GBPD sent officers to bring him to Great Bend on the now-dropped $50,000 appearance bond.
The investigation continues, the chief said. No charges have been filed.
Authorities began their search for Hall last Sunday night, after Masden reported being attacked at her residence. “Based on information from victim, an arrest warrant was issued for her ex-fiance,” Akings said.
The victim and Hall had lived together in Nebraska and Colorado before coming to Great Bend, the GBPD said.
After visiting friends on Sunday, the woman returned to her residence at 1431 10th St. around 9:15 p.m., a GBPD news release said. She originally said Hall was allegedly hiding inside.
At the time of the incident, Masden told officers her attacker cut her several times with a knife and beat her with his fists for a prolonged period of time while she has held against her will. She escaped to a neighbor’s house. The suspect reportedly left the residence on foot and crossed 10th St. northbound.
The neighbor called 911 and the woman was taken to Great Bend Regional Hospital by a Great Bend Fire Department Ambulance. She was treated and released. Officers were dispatched to her residence around 11:15 p.m. and were unable to locate the suspect.
While this was originally reported as a possible aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and aggravated battery, officers obtained warrants on suspicion of criminal restraint, aggravated burglary and aggravated battery, based on the elements of the alleged crimes at this point in the investigation.