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August 16, 2012

Southwest of Marshaltown - At about 9:00pm on August 15, 2012, Marshall County Deputies responded to the area of 248th St. and Oaks Ave., southwest of Marshalltown, in regards to a woman who called in from an area resident's house, advising she had been kidnapped. Deputies located the woman walking along the road on 248th St., who directed the deputies to a nearby vacant farmstead where the victim claimed her abductor was hiding.

Deputies and additional local law enforcement were summoned to the property at 2483 Oaks Ave., where the woman claimed the man was hiding inside the house.

Entry was made to the residence and officers located and took a suspect into custody, who was found hiding in an upstairs closet. The suspect was initially transported to Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center by paramedics, and was then later transported to the Marshall County Jail.

Arrested was: Dayton Joe Walter Sabasta, age 36, of Sioux City, IA., who faces the following charges:

  • Kidnapping 2nd Degree, a Class B Felony
  • Burglary 3rd Degree, a Class D Felony
  • Theft 1st Degree, a Class Felony
  • Interference with Officials Acts, simple misdemeanor

Sabasta was also wanted on a Federal warrant for probation violation, and he remains in jail after initial appearances.

The kidnapping charge is based on the defendant's taking of the victim against her will from the Sioux City area, and coercing her to procure cash through wire transfers.

The burglary charge stems from the entry of the property and specifically the house at 2483 Oaks Ave., with the intent to commit a theft.

Sabasta was charged with theft 1st degree based on a vehicle found at the Oaks Ave. property, a 2006 Hummer that was later discovered to be stolen from Marshalltown.

Further investigation led authorities to look for additional suspects involved with the taking of the victim's car, a white Pontiac. These additional suspects were to be associates of Sabasta. A Marshall County Deputy located the car in the north part of Marshalltown, shortly before midnight. The vehicle would not stop for the Deputy and the vehicle left Marshalltown north on Highway 14 and engaged the deputy in a high-speed pursuit. Other officers joined the pursuit of the vehicle that reached speeds of over 100 mph and at times, drove on the wrong side of Hwy 14 into oncoming traffic. The pursuit continued east through Conrad in Grundy County, and then into western Tama County. Stop-sticks were used at different locations and the vehicle was stopped on a gravel road about 7 miles west of Traer.

Four occupants were initially detained. The driver and front seat passenger were arrested and charged as follows:

Shaun Michael Gienger, age 34, of Marshalltown

Charged with:

  • Felony Eluding, a Class D felony
  • Operating Motor vehicle without owner's consent, an aggravated misdemeanor
  • Possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, (Methamphetamine ) an aggravated misdemeanor
  • And traffic charges including:
    • Driving under suspension, excessive speed, driving on the wrong side of highway, and Reckless driving

Katie Leslie Tremmel, age 25, of Marshalltown, charged with:

  • Operating Motor Vehicle without Owner's consent
  • Possession Schedule II controlled substance, Methamphetamine
  • Possession Schedule IV controlled substance, prescription drugs

Gienger and Tremmel were being held on bond after initial appearances.

Marshall County authorities confirmed with the Sioux City Police Department that the victim and her vehicle were the subject of an attempt to locate, after her daughter and a friend reported her missing on Thursday, August 9th, 2012.

The case remains under investigation, however no additional suspects are being sought at this time.

The Marshall County Sheriff's Office was assisted in these incidents, by the Marshalltown Police Department, Marshalltown Area Paramedics, the State Center Police Department, Grundy County Sheriff's Office, Tama County Sheriff's Office, and the Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force.

About Marshall County Sheriff's Office
The Marshall County, Iowa Sheriff's Office is headed up by Sheriff Ted G. Kamatchus. Sheriff Kamatchus is committed to keeping communities and neighborhoods safe in Marshall County.

For additional information or a sample copy, contact:
Chief Deputy Burt Tecklenburg
Marshall County Sheriff's Office
Fax 641-754-6325

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