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Orwigsburg man charged with kidnapping Pottsville woman

PALO ALTO, Pa. - A Schuylkill County man has been arrested and charged in the kidnapping of a Pottsville woman on Tuesday. 

Michael Krause, 27, of Orwigsburg, was charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint and false imprisonment.

Pennsylvania State Police say Joanne Arcuri, was at Krause's house Monday and snuck out of while he was sleeping Monday afternoon.

Arcuri told police Krause was abusive to her and would never let her leave. Police paperwork did not specify the nature of their relationship.

According to police, Arcuri then texted her ex-husband, who tried to help her find friends to stay with.

Police say around 11 p.m. Tuesday, the ex-husband dropped Arcuri off at a residence in the 500 block of West Savory Street in Palo Alto.

That's when police say Krause pulled up to her in his truck and began yelling at her. According to police, Krause then forcefully pushed Arcuri into his truck.

Police say the ex-husband saw it happen and tried to stop him with his car, but Krause got by him and fled the scene.

Police agencies were alerted to the abduction. 

A short time later, Krause, Arcuri, and another male were located by Schuylkill Township Police in Middleport Borough, according to investigators. Arcuri told police she was being held against her will and was in fear of Krause, according to authorities. 

Police arrested Krause. He was sent to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. 


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