Rathdrum kidnapping suspect pleads guilty to all charges


by KREM.com


Posted on July 23, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 5:41 PM

BISMARCK, North Dakota -- An accused kidnapper pleaded guilty in court Tuesday.

Police arrested Mitchell Walck in Bismarck, North Dakota in December. Walck is accused of kidnapping a Rathdrum, Idaho woman then shooting and Idaho State Trooper.

On December 1, police tried to make a traffic stop on Walck. Authorities said Walck sped off leading officers on a pursuit through Rathdrum.

Police said Walck got out and tried to run away, and when ISP troopers followed him he shot at one of them. Walck then ran away toward Rathdrum Mountain.

Sources said Walck ran to Susan Smith’s property and slept inside an abandoned car. When he woke up, he saw Smith outside. Sources said Walck walked up to Smith with a gun and forced her into her home where they waited until dusk.

The two left in Smith’s silver Subaru.

Sources said Walck commented to Smith he could tell she is a strong woman, and that is why he did not hurt her. The two drove from Rathdrum to Glendive.

In Glendive, Walck let Smith go, but he warned her he might return to the area. Since he knew where she lived, Smith was afraid to go home. Police in Bismarck, North Dakota arrested Walck.

Walck pleaded guilty to terrorizing, breaking into a vehicle, possession of stolen property and felon in possession of a firearm.

He will be sentence October 1.