Ohio man charged with kidnapping neighbor to be in court

Posted April 30, 2017

A shed stands in a backyard where police say a man with mental health problems kidnapped a neighbor and kept her trapped in a small grave-like pit in the shed Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Blanchester.

He was arrested on kidnapping charges following "a four-hour standoff with Blanchester police". She was in a pit dug into the earthen floor of the shed.

Concerned people passing by the garden in Blanchester, Cincinnati, made calls to emergency services, according to ITV.

Reinbolt said it was unfortunate that Dunn was released from a mental health hospital within 24 hours.

People of an OH community were shocked when police arrived to take away their neighbor who apparently had a missing woman held captive under the shed in his backyard.

After Dunn's arrest Wednesday, the chief added in a second news release, "I was heartbroken when Dunn's elderly father showed up at the scene this morning to apologize to us for having to deal with this son".

Elliott had been reported missing by her mother, Gayle Rowe, on Wednesday at 1:30am after she noticed her daughter was "inexplicably absent" from her bedroom.

Inside the shed, they found the woman in a dug-out hole that had been covered with wood and heavy objects.

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"Dunn told the officer that he smokes marijuana to help calm his nerves, then volunteered that he also grows it inside the house for his personal use, asserting his belief that growing marijuana under such circumstances is legal in Ohio", Reinbolt said.

Elliott was suffering a seizure when she was found, police said. She didn't appear to have been injured. While waiting for a search warrant, the police stayed outside his darkened house.

Reinbolt said Elliott showed no signs of physical trauma. A complete shock. He was a good guy.It's just really scary knowing that I've known somebody for five years and wouldn't see something like that in somebody, ' she said. At 4 a.m., police responded to a home nearby when a neighbor said they heard cries from a shed on the property. He said Elliot declined to participate in prosecution of Dunn in that case.

Dunn was charged with one count of kidnapping and taken to the Clinton County Jail. "When police arrived, they found a woman locked inside".

A neighbor, Emily Noe, told the News Journal she couldn't imagine Dunn doing this.

Dunn called the police again the next day, and was found holding a gun before he dropped it and underwent a psychiatric evaluation at the hospital.

He faces kidnapping charges and is expected to appear in court Thursday morning.