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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Crocker man charged with kidnapping ex-girlfriend

  • Teddy Ryan Zeigenbein, 20, was charged with the class B felony of kidnapping for confining a woman without her consent for a substantial amount of time.
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  • A 20-year-old Crocker man has been charged after being accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend early Saturday morning and holding her against her will for several hours.
    Teddy Ryan Zeigenbein, 20, was charged with the class B felony of kidnapping for confining a woman without her consent for a substantial amount of time.
    According to court documents, the victim told police that her relationship with Zeigenbein had ended on Tuesday, Aug. 19, but he continued to harass her through threatening text messages.
    On Aug. 23, the victim agreed to speak with Zeigenbein outside her home to discuss his problems. She told police that when she sat inside his pickup truck to speak with him, he took off, and she did not have her shoes on or her cellphone with her.
    Soon after leaving, the victim called her roommate from Zeigenbein's phone and requested that her friend call 911 because she believed “Teddy was trying to kill her,” according to police documents.
    The victim's roommate then called the police, who began searching for Zeigenbein's truck.
    At around 2:38 a.m. Aug. 24, the victim's stepmother made contact with Zeigenbein and her stepdaughter. The victim told her stepmother that “Teddy was threatening to kill himself and refused to let her go.”
    The victim's mother also made contact with Zeigenbein several times throughout the night. At 3:36 a.m., Zeigenbein told the victim's mother that he would bring the victim home and wouldn't hurt her.
    At 6:02 a.m. the victim told her mother that she was scared and asked Zeigenbein to let her out of the truck but he refused.
    At 6:15 a.m. Phelps County sheriff's deputies located Zeigenbein and the victim in the Rolla area. Zeigenbein was arrested without incident.
    The victim said Zeigenbein told her that he was going to die with her in the truck and that would make him happy. He further stated if she “tried” anything, he would put her in his truck and set fire to it.
    The victim told police they ended up in Salem before she was able to convince him to travel back to Rolla.
    Zeigenbein is currently being held in the Pulaski County Jail on a bond of $100,000.

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