Stepbrother arrested in kidnappingAuthorities have arrested and jailed the stepbrother of the young woman who was kidnapped and released over the weekend in Minnesota's Otter Tail County.
By: Associated Press,
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Authorities have arrested and jailed the stepbrother of the young woman who was kidnapped and released over the weekend in Otter Tail County.
Fergus Falls Police Chief Tim Brennan said on Monday that Derek Allen Gilpin, 26, of Elbow Lake, was arrested Sunday evening during the investigation into the abduction of his 17-year-old stepsister, Amy Henning.
The stepbrother reported that Henning was taken at gunpoint around 7 p.m. Saturday outside a theater at a Fergus Falls shopping mall where they had just seen a movie. Authorities issued an Amber Alert.
Gilpin allegedly claimed Henning's stepfather, David Sabby, 46, of Elbow Lake, had taken the girl and left Gilpin bound and gagged in the parking lot. He freed himself and called police.
However, Brennan said the stepbrother's story didn't hold up under questioning and it's now alleged that the stepfather and stepbrother were working together.
Brennan said that Gilpin alerted his stepfather of the girl's whereabouts even though Gilpin knew Sabby was prohibited by a protection order from seeing her. But, Brennan said, authorities don't believe Gilpin knew his stepfather intended to kidnap Henning.
"First of all, for the stepfather to locate them that far from Elbow Lake and be there at the same time, it was kind of suspicious," Brennan said. "That was the first thing, and statements that Gilpin was making to us were changing."
In a related incident, Brennan said the Otter Tail County sheriff's office was investigating a fire at a vacant cabin in a campground east of Swan Lake. Authorities believe Henning was taken there from the shopping mall. She was released about 1 a.m. Sunday.
Sometime after she left in her captor's pickup truck, a fire broke out in the cabin. When Sabby was arrested he had a wound on his neck. Police said he told them he was cut by flying glass during an explosion at the cabin.
"The cabin had caught fire and for the most part burned down," Brennan said. "The sheriff's department is now processing that as a crime scene and trying to find evidence at that location."
Both Gilpin and Sabby were being held in the Otter Tail County Jail on Monday afternoon. The jail does not permit telephone calls to inmates, so they could not be reached for comment.
County prosecutors were expected to file charges on Tuesday morning.