Idaho kidnapping suspect charged in North Dakota caseBISMARCK — An Idaho kidnapping suspect with a history of violence in Montana and Pennsylvania now faces four felony charges in North Dakota, where he recently was arrested.
BISMARCK — An Idaho kidnapping suspect with a history of violence in Montana and Pennsylvania now faces four felony charges in North Dakota, where he recently was arrested.
Mitchell Walck, 57, made his initial court appearance in Bismarck on Thursday on charges of terrorizing, unlawful entry to a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and being a felon in possession of a firearm. South Central District Judge Sonna Anderson ordered him held without bond.
Walck requested a public defender to represent him.
Walck was arrested on Wednesday after authorities say he pulled a gun on a truck driver whose semi sleeper cab he had entered and then fled. Officers found him hiding under a tree in a mobile home park.
Walck is a suspect in a case in which Susan Smith, a 62-year-old woman from Rathdrum, Idaho, was kidnapped from her home at gunpoint on Dec. 1 and released unharmed a day later in Glendive, Mont.
Officers in Rathdrum believe the kidnapper also shot at an Idaho State Police trooper who tried to make a traffic stop on Nov. 30. Authorities say the man fled and apparently hid in Smith’s home for a time before forcing her into her car and taking two rifles from her home. Her car was recovered in Bismarck.
The FBI had offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to Walck’s arrest and conviction.
Walck spent more than nine years in prison for assaulting a peace officer in Powell County, Montana, in 2001, and also was convicted that year of burglary and theft, according to reports.
Burleigh County Assistant State’s Attorney Jason Hammes said in court that Walck also has convictions for simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct, aggravated assault and theft in Pennsylvania.
Hammes said Walck is listed on Montana’s registry of sexual or violent offenders. Walck said he has never been convicted of a sexual offense and that the registry labels him a violent offender for the assault on the law officer. The registry lists Walck as a “non-compliant registrant,” and said his last known address was in Thompson Falls, Mont., near the Idaho border. Walck said in court that he doesn’t have an address or job.
He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all four charges in North Dakota.