Man suspected of kidnapping wife arrested

  • Article by: PATRICK CONDON
  • Associated Press
  • August 8, 2011 - 9:04 PM

A Minnesota man suspected of kidnapping his wife was arrested Monday in Mexico, and his wife was found safe.

The FBI's Minneapolis Field Office said Timothy Glen Caskey was arrested without incident by Mexican police at a bank in the town of Matamoros.

He was tracked there by U.S. marshals and FBI agents who had located the couple earlier in the day.

Caskey allegedly kidnapped his wife, Roberta Lynn Caskey, off a street in Virginia, Minn., on July 14.

He had a long history of domestic violence and had been released earlier that day from a regional jail near Duluth, where he'd been held after violating an order for protection that she had obtained.

The FBI said Roberta Caskey appeared distraught but that there was no further information on her health immediately available.

The agency said she would be returned to Minnesota; Timothy Caskey soon will be extradited to the United States, where he'll have an initial federal court appearance in San Antonio.

Timothy Caskey, 40, had been sought on federal and state kidnapping charges, along with state charges of false imprisonment charge and a parole violation.

In addition, he is being investigated for a bank robbery in Ottawa, Kan., on the day after the kidnapping and for the theft of a pickup truck in New Braunfels, Texas, the day after that.

Police in Virginia said Caskey snatched his 44-year-old wife on the evening of July 14 as she, a friend and others were walking along a street. They said he dragged her into the truck, striking the friend and her 9-year-old son in the process.

Authorities had suspected Caskey would flee to Mexico, given he was once picked up in Ixtapa by American authorities during a previous run-in with the law.

Minneapolis FBI Agent Steve Warfield said he expected Caskey would be extradited to Texas "within a few days."

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