Jul 9, 2012 5:36 PM by Erin Schattauer - MTN News

Bozeman escapee arrested, accused of holding former foster parent captive

Charles Rickett, who escaped from the Bozeman prerelease center, was arrested in Manhattan after allegedly tying up and Duct-taping a woman and threatening to burn her inside her home.

Rickett, 24, walked away from the Bozeman prerelease center after midnight Sunday, according to the Manhattan Police Department.

That same day, a woman says Rickett came into her bedroom at around 7 a.m., ordering her to the ground, and then tying her, Duct-taping her arms and legs together, and taping a blindfold to her face, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Rickett then reportedly told her he would burn her if she tried to escape and waved a gas can in her face for her to smell.

Although she didn't see his face, the woman said she recognized the man's voice as that of a foster child that lived with her several years ago. She noted that the intruder was familiar with the house and "recited an old maxim that she used to tell her foster children," court papers state.

The woman was able to escape after the man left in her car. Gallatin County Sheriff's deputies found her car one block away parked in front of a driveway. They found the man on foot about two blocks from the vehicle, according to court papers.

Rickett reportedly admitted to being an escapee from the prerelease center but would not answer any further questions. He was taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center.

Inside the woman's residence, police found Duct tape, a rope, a gas can, and a bottle appearing to contain bleach or some other type of cleaning product. They also found an address book labeled with Rickett's name.

Rickett appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court Monday morning and was charged with kidnapping. He is being held in the Gallatin County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.


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