Man Accused Of Kidnapping His Ex-Girlfriend

Sun 5-5-2019

(Hartley)-- An Archer man accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend was arrested Friday in O'Brien county. 

Authorities say 37-year-old Justin Michael Banta of Archer was charged with 3rd degree kidnapping, domestic abuse assault...1st offense, and driving while suspended. 

The O'Brien County Sheriff's Office says it started around 2:30 pm Friday when deputies were notified of a woman who had been taken against her will near a park in Hartley. Authorities say the male suspect forced the woman into his car, and then took off at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle was located about two hours later by an Iowa State Patrol trooper who pulled it over and recovered the woman.

Upon further investigation authorities determined the alleged abductor and the woman had recently been in a relationship and had broken up.