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Kidnapped Kansas Woman Freed

September 1, 2000

GLADSTONE, Mo. (AP) _ Two men kidnapped a woman from her home, led police on a chase and then held officers at bay for 30 hours in a sweltering vehicle. The woman was freed early Thursday and two suspects surrendered.

The hostage, See Vongphrachach, 54, was treated for dehydration after the ordeal and said one man told her they had entered the wrong house.

Two men invaded her Kansas City, Kan., home before dawn Wednesday, authorities said. They had tried to force the woman’s three adult sons to put up barricades to seal off the house, but when police arrived, the men instead forced the woman inside the family’s sport utility vehicle and drove away, police said.

A blown tire stopped the vehicle in Gladstone, Mo., about an hour later.

Police delivered water to the vehicle throughout the day as temperatures soared. But they refused requests from the men for gasoline so they could turn on the vehicle to use the air conditioner.

Vongphrachach and one man left the vehicle at 5:15 a.m. Thursday. The second suspect surrendered five hours later.

Authorities said the 100-degree heat finally prompted the suspects to give themselves up.

``This morning, he had no air conditioning, no food, no water. I think the condition greatly, greatly affected him,″ FBI special agent Larry McCormick said.

Thursday afternoon, Jason Alcorn, 26, and Lawrence D. Riley, 39, both of Kansas City, Kan., were charged with kidnapping, carjacking and firearms charges. They remain in federal custody pending a hearing Tuesday.

They are being represented by federal public defenders and did not comment publicly on the charges.

Wyandotte County, Kan., investigators believe the men were part of a theft ring that targeted specific homes, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett Anderson. Three other suspects were arrested in connection with the break-in at the woman’s home, but none had been charged, Anderson said.

In an interview with KCTV, Vongphrachach said she did not know the men.

``He pulled me in the car. I get in the car to go with him. I never saw him before,″ she said. ``He said, `I’m so sorry, ma’am. I’m in the wrong house.′

``I was so tired. I think, I’m not going to see my family and friends again. I prayed all day and all night.″

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