Russellville man charged with kidnapping

A Russellville man has been charged with kidnapping a man in Eldon and holding him against his will.

Christopher Whittle, 20, was in court Monday in Miller County, where he was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

According to a Missouri Highway Patrol probable cause statement, Whittle had taken the victim Wednesday at knife point from a residence on Route CC.

The victim had called a friend to say he had been beaten up and was being held for ransom.

Phone messages were recorded which indicated Whittle had called the victim’s friend, threatening him and confirming he had the victim as a hostage and would cause the victim either serious injury or death.

Authorities discovered where the victim was being held and authorities found him, along with Whittle who was hiding in the attic.

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