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Man charged in Fayette Co. kidnapping laid in wait for his victim: court documents

Man charged in Fayette Co. kidnapping laid in wait for his victim: court documents

WEST UNION — Bond has been set at $5 million for an Arlington man accused of abducting his ex-girlfriend and attempting to run over authorities during the high-speed chase that followed.

Maxwell Richard Liebe, 20, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, three counts of attempted murder, eluding and felon in possession of a firearm.

He was arrested after his truck rolled into a ditch on Kornhill Road during the pursuit and remains in the Fayette County Jail.

Court records allege Liebe broke into his ex’s Wadena apartment using a ladder and pry bar to open a window Friday. He waited inside for her to arrive home. When she returned, he held her for captive for hours before punching her hard enough to knock her unconscious.

He then bound her hands with zip ties and dragged her to her vehicle, which he drove to his own vehicle, which was parked in a secluded area.

Fayette County sheriff’s deputies discovered the woman was missing around noon Friday and used her cell phone to track her whereabouts near Aurora. A Buchanan County deputy spotted Liebe’s vehicle.

During the pursuit, Liebe allegedly attempted to ram a vehicle driven by Chief Deputy James Davis at speeds of 70 mph, causing him to crash. He also attempted to hit deputies Mike Starkweather and Chris Schveiger as they set up tire spikes. The deputies had to jump out of the way when Liebe swerved at them, records state.

Court records allege Liebe had a 20-gauge Remington shotgun.

Corrections records indicate Liebe is on probation for a felony drug conviction stemming from a 2017 Buchanan County traffic stop.

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