Why Walck let kidnapping victim go

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 2:59 PM

RATHDRUM, Idaho -- Sources close to kidnapping victim Susan Smith are detailing how she got away.

Police said Mitchell Walck took Smith from her Rathdrum home at gunpoint on Saturday and forced her to flee with him in Smith’s car.

The next day, officers found Smith safe more than 700 miles away in Glendive, Montana.

It all started early Saturday morning when 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 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 on Saturday.

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 Wednesday.

Sources said Smith is surrounded by friends and family in Idaho, and has asked for privacy.

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