Jasper Man Arrested for Kidnapping and Domestic Assault

Jasper Man Arrested for Kidnapping and Domestic Assault

Michael Ritchhart is in custody facing kidnapping, and domestic assault charges after violating a protection order.
JASPER, MO. --- At 7:00am Sunday, August 24th, Jasper County Deputies received a call for a medical assist at 11705 Thorn Rd. in Jasper, MO. Upon arrival, deputies found a female victim suffering from injuries to her face, legs, and feet. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

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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