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Independence man charged with kidnapping and assault of ex-girlfriend

Updated: 2014-01-15T06:04:05Z

An Independence man was charged Tuesday with kidnapping and assault of a former girlfriend.

Dustin S. Hillenbrand, 32, also faces a charge of being a convicted felon in unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, Independence police responded to an assault report shortly before 3 p.m. on Jan. 3 and found a woman who told them her ex-boyfriend had bound her with “zip ties” and threatened to kill her. Police went to the man’s home in the 1100 block of South Pearl Street and got a search warrant. Officers found zip ties in addition to the woman’s phone, a shotgun and two vehicles that had been reported stolen, the documents said.

The alleged victim told police she went to Hillenbrand’s house to sell him gift cards from Victoria’s Secret. She said he punched her in the face, zip-tied her hands behind her head and pulled her sweatshirt over her face, according to the court documents. She said Hillenbrand forced her into a vehicle and punched her again, causing her nose to bleed.

The woman said Hillenbrand drove to an area unknown to her, where they got into another vehicle with a third person and drove back to the house on Pearl, the documents said.

The woman said she escaped the truck when Hillenbrand and the other person went inside the house.

Hillenbrand was arrested Monday. His bail was set at $50,000.

| Matt Campbell, mcampbell@kcstar.com

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