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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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AUGUST 29, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KC MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO KIDNAPING


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to kidnaping.


            Jeffrey S. Clark, 19, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Gary A. Fenner this afternoon to the charge contained in a March 7, 2007, federal indictment.


             Clark admitted that he, along with two other persons, kidnaped their victim on Feb. 22, 2007, by forcing the victim into the back seat of his vehicle at knife point. They told the victim they were going to drive him to ATMs so he could withdraw money from his bank account, which he would be forced to give to Clark and the other abductors.


             The attempt to withdraw money from one ATM in Kansas City, Kan., was unsuccessful, but the victim was forced to withdraw $200 from an ATM near 63rd Street and Troost. The victim was able to escape shortly thereafter.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Michael Green. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.


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