Charges filed in Chesterfield Township kidnapping attempt

Published On: Apr 09 2013 07:57:18 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 08 2013 06:39:34 PM EDT

Police say Jonathan Elbers forced his ex-girlfriend into a Christmas tree bag, threatened to shoot her and then escaped, before he was captured after a three day man hunt.


A 23-year-old man was charged Monday with trying to kidnap his ex-girlfriend from her family's Chesterfield Township home last Friday and kill her.

Jonathan Elbers was arrested Sunday after a three-day manhunt.

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Police say Elbers was in the process of trying up his ex-girlfriend in the basement of her family's home when police arrived. Elbers struggled with police, broke free, and ran off.

Police said a gun and duct tape found in Elbers' truck suggested he had plans to kill his ex-girlfriend.

After fleeing from police, investigators say Elbers broke into a home while the owners were away.  When homeowner Bill Dod and his wife returned, Dod saw a door that had been broken and heard the intruder running away.

"I was coming through the kitchen hollering if I get my hands on you, you'll pay for this," Dod said.

Bill Dod also found evidence that the intruder has spent some time in the bathroom.

"He washed up. There was a bloody washcloth and a towel," Dod said.

Read back: Police: Man forces ex-girlfriend into bag, flees officers

Police said Elbers was probably washing a head wound he received when his ex-girlfriend his him during a struggle.

After running from the home, police say Elbers tried to hide in a hunter's tree stand in a nearby wooded area. That was where he was arrested.

Chesterfield Township police Det. Brian Chadwick said  the ex-girlfriend is recovering from her ordeal.

"She's aware he is in custody. She is with family and she appears to be doing pretty good," Chadwick said.

Elbers was arraigned Monday on charges of assault with intent to murder, unlawful imprisonment and home invasion.

Elbers remains jailed under a $2 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court April 15.


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