Domestic Violence Incident

On Saturday, January 1, 2022, at approximately 11:15 a.m., officers of the West Plains Police Department were contacted by a female victim who resides in the 1900 Block of Lynn Drive regarding a domestic violence incident.
According to a press release from the WPPD, the victim reported that her boyfriend, Kaeden David Gariepy, eighteen years of age, had held her hostage the night before at their residence.
The victim indicated that Gariepy and her had returned home from a friend’s residence where Gariepy had been drinking with friends. Upon entering the residence Gariepy assaulted the victim by striking her in the face whereas the victim then attempted to flee the residence. Gariepy grabbed the victim outside and pulled her back into the residence and proceeded to choke the victim to unconsciousness.
When the victim regained consciousness, she went into a bathroom and was again confronted by Gariepy who pointed a gun at her and in a threatening manner. Gariepy assaulted the victim with the handgun by striking her on the head and face with the weapon.
During the incident, their infant baby started crying and the victim was allowed to check on the child, allowing her to leave the bathroom. The victim retrieved the child and was in a bedroom feeding the child when Gariepy came into the bedroom and again threatened her life.
Gariepy had taken the victim’s phone and keys and locked all the doors to the residence preventing the victim from leaving. The victim was later able to escape the residence when Gariepy had fallen asleep.
On Monday, January 3, officers located Kaeden David Gariepy at the residence located in the 1900 Block of Lynn Drive and arrested him without incident. Officers placed Kaden Gariepy under arrest and held on a 24-hour hold pending formal charges for kidnapping in the first degree, domestic violence in the first degree, endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk in the first degree, unlawful use of a weapon, and armed criminal action.
Those charges were sent to the Howell County Prosecutor’s Office for review. As of press time, formal charges had not been filed
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