RATHDRUM, Idaho-- The same suspect accused of firing a weapon at an Idaho State Police deputy over the weekend was also accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office received a call Sunday regarding a kidnapping. The caller said her sister-in-law, a 62-year-old female from Rathdrum, had just called to say she was kidnapped. The victim said Mitchell Lee Walck forced her into her car at gunpoint.
Authorities said Walck was hiding in her home following an incident Saturday where he led ISP troopers on a pursuit and later fired a gun at them.
Investigators said Walck then drove to Montana with the woman in the car before letting her out, unharmed, in Glendive.
Walck was last seen driving the victim’s 2005 silver Subaru Forester with Idaho license plate K230050. In addition to the handgun he used to fire upon the ISP deputy and kidnap the victim, he also stole two rifles from the victim’s house. One was a 30-30 Winchester rifle and the other was a Mossberg .22 caliber rifle.
The KCSO obtained a warrant for Walck’s arrest with a bond amount of $1 million for the charge of kidnapping. Walck is considered armed and extremely dangerous. If he is located, authorities said do not approach him or attempt to contact him but instead, call 911. An initial investigation revealed that Walck may have changed his appearance. He may have shaved his facial hair and dyed his hair black.