Lehigh Valley

Steven Kitchell, accused of kidnapping, assaulting woman, back in Pa.

He'd fled to N.J.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A man who was arrested in New Jersey and charged with holding a woman captive in Bethlehem is back in Pennsylvania.

Steven Kitchell was extradited and arraigned Thursday, and he is being held on $2.5 million bail.

Police said he held a woman against her will inside a home on Montclair Avenue for several weeks starting in late May.

Officials said the victim was raped, beaten and shot with a BB gun.

Police said she was able to escape when a set of keys was left behind.

Kitchell is charged with kidnapping for ransom, simple assault, false imprisonment, rape, sexual assault and indecent assault.


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