Alleged kidnapper arrested after 16 years on the run

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

A woman who spent 16 years on the run from federal law enforcement for allegedly kidnapping a Michigan resident was arrested Friday at her home in Wisconsin.

Kimberly Lee Johns, 46, of Marathon, Wisconsin, was arrested by the FBI Milwaukee Division SWAT Team on Friday, David P. Gelios, FBI special agent in charge of Detroit Division, said in a statement.

Federal investigators said that in May 2000, Johns allegedly kidnapped a victim in Allen Park. The abduction lasted for several days and covered multiple states, the FBI said. It ended with the escape of the victim and the initial arrest of Johns by the FBI in Chicago on an arrest warrant for kidnapping.

Johns was transported to a secure pretrial detention facility in Indiana, but in September 2000, she escaped and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was at large until Friday when members of the FBI Milwaukee Division SWAT Team arrested her without incident at her home in Marathon.

The City of Marathon Police Department assisted the FBI in its investigation.