Montgomery man charged in attempted kidnapping

By Wade Young

Messenger editor

A Montgomery man, Steven Paul Dohmen, 46, was charged in Scott County Court Tuesday, Sept. 14 after he allegedly attempted to kidnap a 10-year-old girl in Jordan.

Dohmen was arrested Friday, Sept. 10 by a Belle Plaine police officer after he allegedly pulled the girl into his recreational vehicle in an alley behind the girl’s home in Jordan.

According to Jordan Chief of Police Robert Malz and the Complaint from Scott County District Court, “the girl saw Dohmen inside the motor home. When Dohmen saw the girl he came outside and said ‘hi’ to her. When she responded ‘hi’ he grabbed her and put his hand over her mouth.”

According to the complaint, the girl began to fight and kick to get away as Dohmen tried to force her into the motor home.

“The known juvenile female put both of her hands on each side of the door to stop herself but the defendant (Dohmen) started to lose his grip and she was able to crawl under his legs and get away. She then ran to her house and told her mother what happened,” the complaint stated.

After calling 911, the girl’s mother got the license plate number from the R-V as Dohmen sped off. With the help of the Belle Plaine Police Department, Jordan police caught up with him and took him into custody.

Police say Dohmen was under investigation for enticing a child back in 2001, but was never arrested or charged in that case.

The girl was not injured in the incident.

Dohmen will make his first court appearance on Friday, Sept. 17. He faces two charges, one for kidnapping and one for false imprisonment.

If convicted of the charges, Dohmen faces a maximum prison term of more than 40 years and/or a $50,000 fine. He is currently being held without bail pending his court appearance on Friday.

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