Kidnapping and assault suspect facing 7 charges, new details released

Tippecanoe County Sheriff Bob Goldsmith confirmed with News 18 that an arrest warrant has been issued for 55-year-old Paul Etter.

Posted: Jun 25, 2019 2:46 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2019 6:47 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Tippecanoe County Sheriff Bob Goldsmith confirmed an arrest warrant has been issued for 55-year-old Paul Etter. He has still not been found.

Goldsmith said Etter is facing seven preliminary charges including rape, attempted rape, two counts of kidnapping, criminal confinement and sexual battery.

He is also facing one misdemeanor of interference with the reporting of a crime.

Etter is still on the run, and Goldsmith believes he remains in eastern Tippecanoe County. He also said there have been no sightings of Etter that have been confirmed. 

According to court documents, a woman called police and said she was driving home on County Road 900 East in Tippecanoe County when she got a flat tire around 4:30 a.m. Saturday. She said she pulled into a driveway and a man asked her if she needed help. She told police she did not know the man, and thought he was suspicious. 

Documents say she then left and drove up County Road 900 East to a friend's house with the flat tire. The man followed her in a car and documents say he approached the woman and put her in handcuffs. He then put her into his car and drove to another location, according to prosecutors.

According to court documents, he held her against her will for several hours. At one point, prosecutors say she tried to make a phone call with her Apple Watch. The man noticed, took it off and crushed it on the ground, according to prosecutors.

Court documents say the man then took the woman to what she described as a barn. He put shackles on her ankles and chained her to a desk, according to court documents. Around 9:30 a.m., prosecutors say the man took her back to her parked car and let her go.

The victim and a friend drove around to try to spot where she was taken, and prosecutors say they saw the man on 775 East. The victim then called police.

When police arrived, deputies saw a man drive away in a vehicle. Court documents say another man approached officers and said the man who drove away was Paul Etter. The woman was shown a picture of Etter, and she identified him as the man who prosecutors say took her. 

Police have been searching State Road 26 near 775 East since. 

The state is requesting a bond of $1 million.

Etter is believed to be armed and dangerous.

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