Dad, Son, Mom Arrested in Bizarre Case of Kidnapping

Woman, 4 daughters abducted, say police
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2016 4:48 PM CDT
Dad, Son, Mom Arrested in Bizarre Case of Kidnapping
This photo provided by the Sublette County Sheriff's Office shows Flint Wayne Harrison.   (Sublette County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A 22-year-old man and his parents have been arrested after the alleged abduction of a woman in Utah and her four teen daughters. The latter five managed to escape and alert authorities, reports NBC News. Police say Dereck Harrison, 22, and his father, Flint Harrison, 51, knew the Utah mother and suspected her of telling authorities about their drug use. They lured her and her daughters, ages 13 to 18, to a home on the pretext of a barbecue, then tied all five up with zip ties, say police. The elder Harrison hit the mother with a baseball bat, at which point the daughters began breaking free from their ties, say the charging documents, per the Casper Tribune. One of the girls knocked away a shotgun pointed at her throat and another seized the bat and hit the younger Harrison with it, say police.

The victims fled, as did the Harrisons, but both suspects eventually surrendered separately in Wyoming and now face charges of aggravated kidnapping and possession of a controlled substance. While Dereck Harrison was still on the loose, his mother, Maryann Dalrymple Harrison, went to police in Wyoming to obtain information about her son, but she, too, ended up under arrest. It seems she violated her probation by leaving Utah without permission. (No more details were provided on her case.) Police say that the victims are recovering but that the Harrisons aren't cooperating with the investigation. (Read more kidnapping stories.)

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