SIDNEY — Sidney Police are seeking three suspects who allegedly held a woman against her will. One of the suspects — a woman — has been charged with kidnapping and felonious assault.
According to Sidney Police Captain Jerry Tangeman, Rachael Ellen Potter, 34, at large, has been identified as one of three people who allegedly held a 31-year-old victim against her will. A warrant has been filed in Sidney Municipal Court against Potter on the kidnapping and felonious assault. charges, which are both second-degree felonies.
At this time, Potter remains at large and police are asking for the information regarding Potter’s location.
Sidney Police were dispatched Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at approximately 7:41 a.m. to the 500 block of North Main Avenue after receiving a report that female subject running away from a residence after being held against her will. The victim was bloody and had no shoes and had run to The Main Stop Drive Thru, 438 N. Main Ave., for help, reports the press release from the police department.
After speaking with the 31-year-old victim, officers learned the victim had been sleeping in a room at 510 N. Main Ave., Apt C, Sidney. This was a residence of a female friend of the victim. As the victim slept, a male adult at the residence attempted to wake the victim asking the victim for sexual relations.
When the victim refused, an argument ensued which resulted in three people — two adult males and one adult female — at the residence physically grabbing the victim and forcibly moving the victim from the room she was sleeping into another bedroom. The victim was then threatened and physically assaulted in an attempt to compel her to comply with sex acts.
When the three suspects attempted to remove the victim from the North Main residence to go to another location, the victim was able to run away. The female suspect attempted to chase the victim a short distance and assaulted the victim by striking the victim on the back with her hands. The victim was able to outrun the female suspect running to safety.
The suspects immediately fled the residence and were not located. A search was conducted at the residence and evidence supporting the victim’s account was discovered and collected. The victim sustained several physical injuries during the assault.
As a result of the initial investigation the female suspect has been identified as Potter.
All citizens are asked that if they have any information about this incident or the whereabouts of Potter to contact the Sidney Police Department at 937-498-2351 or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477 (TIPS).