Tuesday Feb 16 2010
Lincoln man arrested for kidnapping
By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
Victim, suspect found behind storage container
A Lincoln woman is safe Tuesday night after being kidnapped, according to acting Lincoln Police Chief Paul Shelgren. The Lincoln Police Department responded Monday morning to a report of a missing adult. According to police, the woman’s husband reported his wife missing, saying his wife left their home at the 1600 block of First Street around 7 p.m. Feb. 14, to go to an undisclosed pizza parlor and didn’t return home. The woman’s husband said he had received a text message from his wife, saying that she was “scared” and being held against her will by a man with a knife, which resulted in an “extensive search and investigation,” according to police. She was found around 7 p.m. on Feb. 15, after police officers found the kidnapped woman’s car in the parking lot of Joiner Park. Police said the car was unoccupied, but the engine was still warm to the touch. Police said the officers searched the park on foot, and located the missing woman, who was found behind a storage container in a grove of trees. The male suspect, 39-year-old Lincoln resident Max Risinger was found with the woman, according to Shelgren. He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a concealed weapon and suspicion of kidnapping. According to Shelgren, Risinger is in custody at the Placer County Jail. The Placer County Jail Web site listed the suspect as in custody as of Tuesday afternoon, with a bail set at $225,000. On Tuesday afternoon, Shelgren said a follow-up investigation with the victim is being done “to piece together everything that occurred in that 24-hour period.” “It’s unusual for us to have this type of situation. We’re a small town and our overall crime rate is down, it’s not an everyday occurrence to get a call like this,” Shelgren said of the kidnapping. “Our No. 1 concern was her safety, and she wasn’t physically harmed or assaulted, which is the No. 1 thing.” Shelgren wouldn’t comment where the woman was kidnapped, because the kidnapping is still being investigated. Shelgren said he “thinks” Joiner Parkway and Moore Road is “where she met up with” the suspect. The News Messenger asked Lincoln residents walking near the corner of Joiner Parkway and Moore Road Tuesday afternoon what they thought of the kidnapping, and if it scared them. Alyssa Hubiak, 14, said the kidnapping didn’t scare her, but made her “a little nervous.” “Mostly because we live in the area, so it’s close,” Alyssa said. When asked if she would be taking precautions, Hubiak said she would be “more careful and cautious.” Kelly Obermire was walking her dog, and said she’d take her Mace with her and not walk alone. “Considering I live around the corner, yes it’s very scary,” said Obermire. “It makes me not want to walk by myself.” Shelgren said an update would be released following an interview with the victim, which he said will take place either Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning.