Middlebury man, 19, arrested on suspicion of rape, kidnapping

(Photo supplied/Elkhart County Sheriff's Office)

A Middlebury man has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and raping a woman in near Millersburg.

The 44-year-old victim was forced into the suspect’s car at gunpoint around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, according to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect, Jalen Yoder, 19, then drove her to a business north of Millersburg where he sexually assaulted her then ordered her out of the vehicle, the sheriff’s office reported.

The victim called police and, on Friday, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Deputies centered in on the Yoder’s home in the 54000 block of County Road 43 in Middlebury.

Yoder, refused to come out until negotiators intervened.

He was arrested on preliminary charges of rape and kidnapping, the sheriff’s office stated.


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