MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

January 4, 2013

No charges in alleged kidnap try

Prosecutors lack evidence; one man held on other count

By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Three people arrested in an alleged kidnapping attempt in Fort Gibson will not be charged, Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore said.

Fort Gibson Police Sgt. Brandon Combs said Aaron Dale Craiger, Anthony Foster and Jessica Sanchez were arrested Sunday for allegedly buying a knife and attempting to kidnap the mother of Craiger’s child from a Fort Gibson church.

Foster, 24, and Sanchez, 27, bonded out of the Muskogee County-City Detention Center on Monday. Craiger remains jailed on $35,000 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

Moore said Craiger was being held Thursday for “attempted violation of a protective order.” Craiger, 26, was booked into jail Sunday on complaints of:

• Protective order violation.

• Conspiracy to commit a felony (kidnapping).

• Possession of a weapon in commission of a felony after former conviction of a felony.

“There’s insufficient evidence,” Moore said. “Basically, the only evidence we have is their statements, which indicate they were going over there to rescue her.”

Moore said statements the three gave indicated the plan was to take the woman from the church to either her home or her father’s home.  

Moore said the anticipated charge of attempted violation of a protective order is a misdemeanor.

“(Craiger) knew there was a protective order and still went there,” Moore said. “He still traveled over to the church where allegedly he thought she was.

“Based on the information given to us, that’s all we have.”

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.