LEVIN HEARING: Kidnapping Suspect In Court

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An Iowa man accused of kidnapping a Storm Lake woman is scheduled to be back in court Tuesday.

Twenty-one-year-old Kirk Levin is charged with kidnapping, assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, and assault while participating in a felony.

The Sac County Sheriff’s Office says he abducted an acquaintance from her Storm Lake home last Thursday morning and took her to a barn at his family’s home in rural Early. There she was tied up and put in the back of a vehicle and Levin drove off the property. About a half-mile way he crashed the car into the ditch.

The woman was able to escape at that time and flagged down a farmer for help. Levin fled but was located a short time later in a nearby barn. He was taken into custody without incident.

While investigators were searching the property where Levin lived they discovered the body of his mother, 45-year-old Marylin Schmitt. Results of her autopsy have not been released but officials are considering her death suspicious.

Prosecutors in the case say Levin had only been out of prison for 36 hours when the alleged abduction took place. He had been serving time for burglary convictions.

Levin will be in Sac County court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. His attorney also hopes to get the $200,000 bond reduced.