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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Indictment: 2019 Kidnapping Took Place in Wyandotte County

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A grand jury in Kansas City, Kan., returned kidnapping charges Wednesday against six defendants, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

The superseding indictment builds on an indictment initially filed under seal late last year alleging the kidnapping took place in April 2019 in Wyandotte County. The indictment alleges a ransom was paid and that some of the defendants carried firearms during the crime. The indictment identifies the victim only as D.B. and provides no further details of the crime. The federal penalty for kidnapping is up to life in prison.

Charged in the case are the following:

David Carr, 34, Kansas City, Kan., one count of kidnapping (count one), one count of brandishing a firearm during the crime (count four).

Brandon West, 34, Kansas City, Kan., one count of kidnapping (count one), one count of receiving and possessing ransom money (count two), one count of brandishing a firearm during the crime (count four).

Randi Serna, 30, Wichita, Kan., one count of kidnapping (count one).

Brian Spaulding, 30, Mission, Kan., one count of kidnapping (count one), one count of discharging a shotgun during the crime (count three).

Michael Huggins, 39, one count of kidnapping (count one), one count of receiving and possessing ransom money (count two),

James Michael Poterbin, 44, one count of kidnapping (count one), one count of brandishing a firearm during the crime (count four).

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:

         Kidnapping: Up to life in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

         Receiving ransom money: Up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

         Brandishing a firearm in a crime of violence (counts three and four): Not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000.

The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri Catania is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

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Updated July 30, 2020