Hearing set for man in kidnapping case

By Tim Weideman

Prosecution and defense attorneys for a Manhattan man accused of robbing one person and stealing from two others in separate incidents are preparing for a two-hour preliminary hearing.

Jarred Snyder, 30, appeared via video from the Riley County Jail for status hearings in both cases Tuesday afternoon in Riley County District Court.

In one case, Snyder is charged with kidnapping, aggravated robbery and theft. In the second case, he faces two counts of theft and one count of making false information.

On Tuesday, Magistrate Judge William Malcolm scheduled preliminary hearings for the cases for May 27 at 10 a.m.

Malcolm, Senior Deputy County Attorney Barry Disney and Snyder’s attorney, Larry McRell – who sat beside his client at a table in the jail – discussed how much time should be set aside for the hearing.

“I guess if we want to err on the cautious side, we could make it three (hours),” said McRell, the chief public defender for the Kansas Public Defender North Central Region Office. “I mean, I’m OK with two.”

Malcolm said both cases would be heard, “in essence, at the same time.”

Police listed Snyder as homeless in an April 6 arrest report.

Snyder’s arrest followed an investigation of a robbery reported at 4:10 p.m. that day by Richard Rothfuss, 69, of Junction City.

According to police, Rothfuss called 911 to report he had been confronted by an armed man in the 3100 block of Anderson Avenue. He told police the man forced him to drive to the 4100 block of Marlatt Avenue.The suspect then left in Rothfuss’ 2014 black Chevrolet Silverado, taking $150, a bank card and a cell phone.

Snyder was also arrested for two thefts, the first of which was reported by Dianna Philippi, 61, 739 Dehoff Drive, just before Rothfuss called police.

Philippi, Snyder’s former roommate, told officers he may have stolen from her. Snyder was arrested on suspicion of stealing $2,149 in items, including a projector, night vision binoculars, camcorder, hunting knife and video game equipment.

The second theft was reported April 3, when Joseph Cronn, 32, 3326 Woodduck Way, told police his Springfield Armory Model XDM 40 Caliber gun was missing from his house.

Police arrested Snyder on suspicion of that theft after an investigation revealed Cronn’s gun, valued at $550, had been pawned.

Snyder has been confined since his arrest on a total bond of $125,000.

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