A Kansas man has been charged in Ottawa County with kidnapping a Kansas woman and taking her to Oklahoma. Delaware County authorities are investigating her claim that the man raped her near Grand Lake.
Garth Stacey Howell, 44, of Independence, Kansas, remains in jail in lieu of bail, said Becky Baird, assistant district attorney. He is charged in Ottawa County because that is where he was arrested with the woman, who is 34 and also from Independence.
Howell is considered a flight risk because he has an Iraqi driver’s license and told authorities he wanted to return to Iraq, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Howell was arrested about 4:40 a.m. Monday near Wyandotte, Oklahoma by sheriff’s deputies after they were notified Howell was possibly holding a woman against her will.
The affidavit states:
• While Howell was talking to a Wyandotte police officer, the victim left the vehicle and ran crying toward an Ottawa County deputy, saying she had been held against her will and sexually assaulted.
• The victim told authorities she met Howell at a cookout. He told the victim he would take her to a shooting range about eight miles from her residence so she could shoot a gun.
Howell took the victim to a house near Grand Lake where he sexually assaulted her, according to the affidavit. After they left the house, Howell gave the woman a cell phone and told her to call her family. She was able to contact her boyfriend.