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A 27-year-old Reynolds man has been arrested and accused of assaulting and kidnapping his wife on Friday, Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorensen said in a news release.

The woman called 911 just after 6:45 p.m. saying a man was trying to kill her before the call disconnected, the sheriff said.

Deputies went to their home in Reynolds and found the front door was open and no one was home, he said. It appeared to deputies there had been a struggle between Michael Kendall and his wife, Sorensen said.

More than an hour later, deputies stopped a pickup coming back into the village of 66 and arrested the man inside, whom they identified as Kendall, the release said.

Investigators believe Kendall got into an argument with the woman and hit and choked her in the bathroom, the sheriff said.

She got free, was tackled in the living room, broke free again and got into her car and called 911, the sheriff said.

Then, she told investigators, Kendall opened the car door, dragged her from the car and forced her into the pickup.

They drove into Kansas before he told her to drive them back to Reynolds so he could turn himself in, the sheriff said.

The woman had bumps on her head and face, cuts and scratches on her neck and chest and red marks on her neck.

Deputies arrested Kendall on suspicion of second-degree domestic assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, terroristic threats and strangulation.

Kendall remained at the Jefferson County jail in Fairbury on Tuesday on a $100,000 bond.

Charges had not yet been filed in the case.


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