Nebraska troopers rescue Indiana kidnapping victim, arrest suspect

(Grand Island, NE) -- Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol rescue a kidnapping victim and arrest a suspect near Grand Island.

The Nebraska State Patrol says Wednesday evening, they were alerted by law enforcement authorities in Indiana that a suspect and kidnapping victim were believed to be traveling westbound in Nebraska. Troopers were able to locate the vehicle, a Chevrolet Silverado, as it was traveling westbound on Interstate 80. The NSP says their investigators received information that a warrant had been issued for the driver’s arrest, and that Indiana officials believed the driver to be armed with several firearms.

The state patrol says just before 8:30 Wednesday night, troopers with the NSP SWAT Team attempted to make contact with the vehicle at mile marker 314, near Grand Island. Investigators say the suspect then drove through the median and began traveling eastbound. The NSP says troopers then immediately performed a tactical vehicle intervention to bring the suspect vehicle to a stop. NSP SWAT then took the suspect into custody without further incident and the female passenger was rescued.

The female passenger reported that she had been handcuffed by the suspect during the drive from Indiana to Nebraska. Troopers also located numerous firearms inside the cab of the pickup. The suspect, 52 year old William Brittingham, of Demotte, Indiana, was arrested and lodged in Hall County Jail, awaiting extradition to Indiana.

Homeland Security Investigators, the Lincoln/Lancaster County Narcotics Task Force, and the Omaha Police Department assisted in this operation.

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