Greeley police arrested a 31-year-old woman early Wednesday morning on suspicion of kidnapping, second-degree assault and felony menacing after what appears to be a bizarre dispute over money that escalated.
Greeley police spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said police still were investigating the incident and working to determine exactly what took place. However, he said the dispute, which involved three or four people, began about 1:15 a.m.
He said police weren’t called until more than an hour later, about 2:30 a.m., after the dispute had escalated. He said the details weren’t immediately clear, however, it appeared that some folks tried to hold another person for ransom, as a means of collecting the money that was owed.
“That’s where we get the kidnapping,” Tymkowych said. “Somewhere along the line, the person that they were trying to hold onto attempted to escape, and they apparently hit him with a club. That’s the second-degree assault.”
Police arrested Myra Lerma, an unincorporated Weld County resident. However, Tymkowych said police would like to connect with another person who also was involved. Tymkowych said he couldn’t release that person’s name yet, and he didn’t know whether that person was directly involved in crime or whether the person was simply a witness.
No other information about the case was immediately available.
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