Men suspected of kidnapping man, forcing him to withdraw money from ATM
October 31, 2012
Steamboat Springs — Two men were arrested and a third is wanted after police say they kidnapped a man at knifepoint and tried to force him to withdraw funds from an ATM machine at a bank in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs Police Department Capt. Jerry Stabile said the 21-year-old victim reported the incident began when the men broke into his condo in the area of Old Fish Creek Falls Road. Stabile said officers think the suspected victim owed the men money.
The two men arrested Wednesday evening were Steamboat residents Bruce Lobban, 34, and Jacob Humpal, 21. Both were arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary.
At about 4 p.m. Wednesday police received a 911 call from the victim saying he had been forcibly taken to Wells Fargo bank to withdraw money from an ATM.
The victim later told police that two of the men stayed in a car while the third escorted him to the ATM machine. Stabile said that before taking money from the ATM, the victim was somehow able to use a cellphone to call 911. The man escorting the victim then fled.
Steamboat police as well as a Routt County Sheriff's Office deputy quickly swarmed the area.
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Stabile said he pulled up in an unmarked car behind the vehicle with the two men still inside. One of the men got out of the car to check on the progress of the ATM withdrawal and fled through the bank after seeing a marked police car. He was taken into custody on Lincoln Avenue, Stabile said. The other man in the car was taken into custody.
Police still were investigating the incident Wednesday night and searching for the third man.
Lobban and Humpal will be advised of their rights Thursday in Routt County Court.
According to Steamboat Today archives, police in April 2010 arrested Lobban on suspicion of possession of a gun stolen in the November 2008 burglary of a locker the police department used to store evidence, but Lobban was not suspected of breaking into the locker. In April 2011 he was arrested on suspicion of distribution of marijuana. This past July he was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
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