The parents of a pregnant 19-year-old have been arrested after she told police that they kidnapped her and tied and gagged her, and were taking her to New York for a forced abortion.
Authorities in Maine said federal investigators may get involved in the case since it allegedly involved kidnapping someone to take them across a state line.
According to a report in the Manchester Union-Leader, arrested were Nicholas Kampf, 54, and Lola Kampf, 53.
They were arrested by Salem, N.H., police Friday after a 911 call came in to police from the couple’s daughter, Katelyn, when she reported she had been kidnapped.
Police told the newspaper that Katelyn had convinced her parents to untie her and allow her to use a restroom at a shopping plaza, and she escaped, using her cell phone to call for help.
Sgt. Ron Peddle said Katelyn Kampf was found by officers behind the shopping plaza, and her parents were arrested while driving around the parking lot, apparently looking for her. Police said they found duct tape, a .22-caliber rifle and rope in the couple’s vehicle.
“No matter what the case is, this is not a rational way to deal with a family issue,” Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion told the newspaper.
The couple each was being held on $100,000 bail and facing up to 15 years in jail.
Authorities reported Katelyn Kampf had been living in Portland with her boyfriend, and when her parents found out about the pregnancy they attacked her, tying her up and bundling her into the car.
Dion told the newspaper it was unclear how the parents thought they could convince a doctor to perform an abortion if their daughter wouldn’t cooperate.
According to a report in the Boston Globe, the young woman had red marks left by the duct tape, but no other injuries.
The Globe said she had been attending Boston College, but was forced to move to George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where her parents paid for an apartment.
However, authorities said her parents reportedly found out she had quit, and that led them to Maine where they found her with the family of a man they had prohibited her from seeing.
Betty Jo Kampf , an in-law of the Kampfs, told the Globe from Maryland she was stunned when she learned of the situation.
“I can’t imagine a doctor who would perform an abortion on someone who is bound and gagged,” she said. “I understand being upset if your daughter is pregnant, but to force her abortion?”
The Union-Leader report said the Kampfs used to own the State Theater in Portland.