New details emerge about stolen gun used in kidnapping

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by COLE HEATH & KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 7:37 PM

WORLEY, Idaho--New details are emerging about the stolen gun used in the kidnapping of a Spokane woman.

Investigators say Andrey Yermola kidnapped his wife at gunpoint earlier this week from Spokane, and then drove her to Worley where she escaped.

Yermola is still in the Kootenai County Jail on $300,000 bond, but this isn’t his first time in the legal system.  Records show Yermola has had at least 16 run-ins with the law in Washington since 2007.  That includes a conviction for felony assault in 2011.  He also has two active warrants right now for assault and DUI in Washington.

When police arrested Yermola after the kidnapping they found several items inside his car, including a stolen pistol he ditched before police arrived.

Police say that gun is a 40-caliber Beretta stolen out of someone’s car in Spokane in November.  Initial reports said the gun was stolen out of the Spokane Police Department.  We now know the gun wasn’t stolen from the actual department, instead it’s listed as “stolen out of Spokane.”

Police say they’re still working to find out if Yermola actually stole the gun out of a car or if he got it another way.

Yermola is due back in Kootenai County Court next week.

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