During the investigation, it appears the female victim had been kidnapped from her residence in the north part of the county on Friday, August 22, and taken to the address on Thorn Rd. in Jasper. Authorities determined the suspect is the ex-boyfriend of the victim and she had a protection order against him at the time of the incident.
Monday, the suspect 49-year-old Michael Ritchhart, of Jasper, was located and arrested for Kidnapping, 2nd Degree Domestic Assault, and Violation of a Protection Order. Ritchhart is currently in custody at the Jasper County Sheriff's Office Detention Center awaiting formal charges.
The investigation is ongoing and more charges may arise from this incident.
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