Two men arrested for alleged kidnapping, assault
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Two men are in custody in connection to the kidnapping and assault of two people.
According to Lincoln Police Capt. Todd Kocian, 26-year-old Austin Widhalm has been charged with first-degree assault, use of a weapon to commit a felony and first-degree false imprisonment. A felony warrant was issued for 30-year-old Tanner Danielson for first-degree sexual assault, first-degree false imprisonment and first-degree assault.
The charges stem from an incident on the morning of Friday, July 29.
Lincoln Police officials say that it was contacted by investigators from the Gage County Sheriff's Office regarding a man who was found bound and walking down a rural road with obvious injuries. When contacted, the 26-year-old victim told investigators he was kidnapped and beaten at a location in Lincoln prior to being transported to an unknown location in Gage County.
During the investigation, it was discovered that a woman had also been kidnapped, assaulted and sexually assaulted.
The man stated that Danielson and Widhalm took him to an area he was unfamiliar with and tied him to a tree while still bound. He was eventually able to free himself and left the area walking until finding a Gage County Sheriff’s Deputy, according to LPD. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries.
Investigators continued to follow-up throughout the day and at approximately 3:00 p.m. on July 29, officers arrested Widhalm at his residence.
On Monday, Danielson was arrested in Rapid City, S.D., on the arrest warrants by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.
LPD said the investigation remains active, and officials are not releasing additional information at this time.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Lincoln Police Department at 402-441-6000. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.