North Pole man charged after threats to wife

Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers arrested a North Pole man Monday on kidnapping and assault charges.

Robert Eilers, 38, was arrested at 12:39 p.m. at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital mental health ward, where he had checked himself in, troopers said.

According to a criminal complaint, Eilers and his wife were in the midst of a divorce. Eilers showed up at 2:30 a.m. Saturday at a house the couple had shared and forced his way in, according to the complaint.

He threatened the woman by opening his jacket, showing her a handgun and telling her ''it will all be over soon,'' the complaint said.

He forced her into the car and drove to Fairbanks, but refused to let her leave the vehicle by taking the keys and standing near the car. He then drove to a grocery story, left the keys in the ignition, told the woman goodbye and left, the complaint said. She immediately drove to a church and called troopers.

Troopers issued a warrant for Eilers' arrest Sunday before locating him at the hospital Monday.

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