Fairbanks man charged with kidnapping former girlfriend

Posted: Monday, November 11, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Alaska State Troopers have arrested a Fairbanks man whom they say kidnapped, robbed and threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend.

Arlo Olson, 25, has been charged with kidnapping, attempted murder, burglary, criminal mischief, assault and robbery.

Investigators say Olson broke into his ex-girlfriend's apartment Saturday, hid and waited for the 24-year-old woman to return home at about 4 p.m.

The woman arrived a short time later with the couple's two young children and an unidentified young girl, after being dropped off by her new boyfriend, said trooper Sgt. Dave Drvenkar. When she walked into the house, Olson knocked her to the floor, Drvenkar said.

''He confronted her with a knife,'' Drvenkar said. The unidentified young girl ran to a nearby store and called 911.

In the meantime Olson forced the woman to take their two children, ages 3 and 4, to his mother's home nearby. From there, Olson and the woman headed toward University Avenue on foot, Drvenkar said.

Sometime during the kidnapping Olson tried to force the woman to swallow a large amount of an unnamed prescription medicine, took the woman's cash, and threatened to kill the woman at knifepoint, Drvenkar said.

When troopers responding to the 911 call arrived at the apartment, no one was there. Another caller saw the couple on University Avenue near the bridge over the Chena River and phoned troopers, who apprehended Olson.

Olson was taken to the Fairbanks Correctional Center. The woman received minor injuries. The children were not injured.

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