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Charges against Hoenjet and Murphy have been dismissed

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Two Great Falls men had charges of kidnapping and torturing dismissed in Cascade County District Court on Tuesday. Two Great Falls men had charges of kidnapping and torturing dismissed in Cascade County District Court on Tuesday.
Rodney Lukasik, Brian Murphy, and Robert Hoenjet in court (October 2016) Rodney Lukasik, Brian Murphy, and Robert Hoenjet in court (October 2016)
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Two Great Falls men had charges of kidnapping and torturing dismissed in Cascade County District Court on Tuesday.

Brian Murphy and Robert Hoenjet had been charged with aggravated kidnapping and assault with a weapon in the fall of 2016.

According to court documents, there was a lack of probable cause for the case to move forward.

Court documents state that the alleged victim went to to Rodney Lukasik's house and admitted taking money from him, and said Murphy confronted her about another incident that happened in May of 2016.

She said Lukasik returned with Hoenjet and the men attacked her by putting out a cigarette on her arm, shocked her several times with a stun gun, and put a butane torch near her head, burning some of her hair.

Court documents state the men threatened to kill her, first putting a gun to her head and then trying to strangle her with wire before she managed to escape.

Fletcher has not been charged and there is no word yet if the charges against Lukasik's will be dropped as well.

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(OCTOBER 6, 2016) Three Great Falls men made their initial appearance in Cascade County District Court on Thursday afternoon, all charged with kidnapping and torturing a woman.

Rodney Leonard Lukasik, Brian Murphy, and Robert Hoenjet each face felony charges of aggravated kidnapping and assault with a weapon.

Court documents say the woman knew the men and had been involved in a sexual relationship with Lukasik, who she said supplied her with methamphetamine.

She told police she stole a $100 bill from Lukasik after spending the night and went back later that day to admit she had taken the money.

Once there, she says Murphy confronted her about another incident that happened back in May.

She says Lukasik returned with Hoenjet and the men attacked her by putting out a cigarette on her arm, shocking her several times with a stun gun and putting a butane torch near her head and burning some of her hair.

She says they threatened to kill her, first putting a gun to her head and then trying to strangle her with wire before she managed to escape.

Bail for each defendant was set at $100,000.

The Great Falls Police Department’s High Risk Unit assisted detectives with the arrest by executing a search warrant at 832 Sacajawea Drive on Wednesday morning. The incident triggered a brief "shelter in place" at two nearby schools.

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