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Indiana kidnapping victim rescued near Grand Island; suspect in custody
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Indiana kidnapping victim rescued near Grand Island; suspect in custody

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Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol rescued a woman and arrested a man suspected of kidnapping her in Indiana on Wednesday night near Grand Island.

The patrol was alerted by law enforcement authorities in Indiana that a man and a woman he allegedly kidnapped were believed to be traveling westbound in Nebraska. Troopers were able to locate the vehicle, a Chevrolet Silverado, on Interstate 80 near Grand Island.

A warrant had been issued for the driver’s arrest, and Indiana officials believed the driver to be armed with several firearms.

At approximately 8:20 p.m., troopers with the patrol's SWAT Team attempted to stop the vehicle at mile marker 314, near Grand Island. The suspect then drove through the median and began traveling eastbound.

Troopers immediately performed a tactical vehicle intervention to bring the vehicle to a stop.

The suspect, William Brittingham, 52, of Demotte, Indiana, was arrested without further incident, according to the patrol, and the woman was rescued.

The woman reported she had been handcuffed by Brittingham during the drive from Indiana to Nebraska. Numerous firearms were found inside the cab of the pickup, according to a release from the patrol.

Brittingham is in the Hall County Jail, awaiting extradition to Indiana.

Homeland Security Investigators, the Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force, and the Omaha Police Department assisted in this operation.

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