2 teen runaways charged in attack on North Idaho woman

2 teen runaways charged in attack on North Idaho woman

2 teen runaways charged in attack on North Idaho woman

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Associated Press

Posted on August 11, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 6:10 PM

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) -- Authorities say two teenage runaways brutally attacked a 66-year-old northern Idaho woman who offered them a ride.

Media outlets report Marshall O. Dittrich, of Danville, Calif., and Joseph J. Martin, of Denver, each face a felony charge of battery with intent to commit robbery in Idaho's 1st District Court.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled Wednesday.

Bonner County Sheriff's Det. Phil Stella says the 17-year-olds ran away from a boarding school in Montana and were hitchhiking Sunday when Vera Gadman, of Hope, Idaho, offered them a ride in her sport utility vehicle.

Stella says Gadman was choked with a cord and hit with a bottle before she managed to flee the attack.

The teens, if convicted, each face up to 15 years in prison.

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