Two suspects involved in an alleged kidnapping yesterday in Manitowoc appeared for bail hearings this afternoon in Manitowoc Circuit Court. 23-year-old Jamal L. Rudd II is charged with kidnapping, intimidation of a witness, intimidation of a victim and false imprisonment. 26-year-old Tamario Williams has been charged with Party to the crime of kidnapping, intimidation of a witness, intimidation of a victim and false imprisonment.
Police say they received a call yesterday morning from a man at a southside residence reporting that his wife and dog were missing. They learned that Rudd and Williams drove from Milwaukee and abducted a Manitowoc woman identified as 34-year-old Charlene Lubeck over stolen property. As Williams waited in the vehicle Rudd entered the home confronting her and allegedly physically assaulting and repeatedly strangling Lubeck while verbally threatening to kill her. Rudd dragged her out of the home forcing her into the backseat. Police add that Lubeck’s dog followed them outside and jumped into the suspect’s vehicle.
While enroute to Milwaukee Rudd continued to physically assault Lubeck. She eventually escaped on I-43 in southern Manitowoc County and may have had her arm runover by the rear tire of the vehicle. Manitowoc authorities sent out a message to various law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the suspects. Rudd exited the vehicle in Sheboygan County while Williams continued- on I-43 and was eventually apprehended in Ozaukee County. Rudd meanwhile eluded law enforcement until being captured early this morning in Sheboygan.
Lubeck was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life- threatening injuries while her dog was eventually released from the vehicle—captured and turned over to the Sheboygan County animal shelter. Both men remain in the Manitowoc County Jail—Rudd on $50,000 cash—Williams on $5,000 cash and have initial appearances scheduled for May 14th.