WORLEY, Idaho-- A suspected kidnapper was arrested Tuesday after taking off with his soon-to-be ex-wife.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andrey S. Yermola, 21, at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley.
Casino security told officers Margarita S. Yermola, 19, told them she was kidnapped from Spokane and driven to the casino by her estranged husband. She told security staff she and Andrey had been separated for the past six months.
She told staff Andrey asked to meet Tuesday, which she did. As soon as she got into his car, Andrey drove away with her. She asked Andrey to stop and let her out but he refused and kept going, according to authorities.
At some point, he stopped the car and threw out a pistol which authorities were able to recover. They said it had been reported stolen in Spokane.
When Andrey arrived at the casino, he left the woman in the car and went inside. Authorities said that is when Margarita was able to flee the car and contact authorities.
Deputies located and arrested Andrey without incident inside the casino. He was booked into the Kootenai County Jail for 2nd Degree Kidnapping, Possession of Stolen Property, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. All three are felony charges.