Three indicted on kidnapping charge

Posted: Wednesday, November 06, 2002

FAIRBANKS -- Three Fairbanks residents have been indicted by a grand jury on charges they tried to kidnap a woman they claim stole money from their home.

Robert Lajiness, 31, Troy L. Linnear, 29, and Rosemarie J. Tieman, 23, are accused of threatening the 34-year-old woman at gunpoint and trying to get her into their car Oct. 12.

Fairbanks Police Detective Randy Coffey said the suspects believed the victim had taken money cashed from a permanent fund dividend check.

All three were indicted Thursday on charges of attempted kidnapping and third-degree assault. Linnear also faces two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Coffey said Tieman saw the woman walking along the street Oct. 12 and went to get Linnear and Lajiness. They then drove back to where the woman was walking.

A witness said a man got out of a car, chased down the woman, and got her down on the ground. Det. Coffey said the victim told him Lajiness pointed a gun at her, but couldn't pick her up to put her in the car. The car then left without the woman.

Coffey said the victim was knocked down, kicked in the side and roughed up, but that she didn't seek medical treatment.

Linnear was being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center on $15,000 bail. Lajiness and Tieman were released from custody.

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