Steamboat police searching for 3rd man suspected of wielding knife during kidnapping
November 1, 2012
Steamboat Springs — Police on Thursday still were looking for a third man who they think used a knife to threaten a man, kidnap him and then forcibly take him to a Steamboat Springs bank to withdraw money.
Steamboat Springs Police Department Capt. Jerry Stabile said officers on Thursday were preparing an arrest warrant for Rylan Laszewski, a 2010 Steamboat Springs High School graduate.
Bond was set Thursday for the two other Steamboat men who police say were involved in the incident. Both were arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery, first-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary. Judge James Garrecht set a $100,000 bond for Bruce S. Lobban, 34. Bond was set at $50,000 for Jacob M. Humpal, 21.
An affidavit filed in Routt County Court by Detective Dave Kleiber reveals more details about the Wednesday afternoon incident.
According to police, the 21-year-old male victim told police that the three men came into his home in the 300 block of Old Fish Creek Falls Road and that Laszewski, the man still wanted by police, was holding a knife and demanding money. The victim told police he owed one of the men $1,000 related to a 8-month-old drug debt.
After telling the men he did not have the money at the house, the victim told police he was forced into a car and driven to the Wells Fargo bank at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue. The victim reported he was escorted into the bank by Laszewski, the man who police think had the knife. Once inside, the victim told police, he felt safe being in a public place, so he pulled out a cellphone and called 911. The victim reportedly told Laszewski he was calling police, and Laszewski fled. He got away, but police arrested Humpal and Lobban, who had been waiting outside in the car. Humpal was arrested in the car, and Lobban was arrested nearby. According to police, Lobban fled after getting a phone call from his accomplice inside the bank saying the police had been called.
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According to the affidavit, Humpal and Lobban agreed to be interviewed by police after the incident, and they admitted they were involved. The affidavit states the men had met at a downtown bar earlier Wednesday and had discussed the plan and whether to bring a knife.
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