Oregon woman charged with plot to kidnap husband

  • Wed Jul 21st, 2010 11:05pm
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Associated Press

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A Corvallis woman was arrested after a Craigslist user tipped authorities to a posting in which she sought someone to kidnap her husband, police said.

Mari-Teresa Price, 37, was arrested at a bus stop last week and remained held at the Benton County Jail. She faces charges of solicitation to commit kidnapping and other counts.

Corvallis police Lt. Cord Wood said detectives credit Mark LaFleur, who noticed the Craigslist posting in October.

According to the grand jury indictment, Price allegedly was seeking a Craigslist user to kidnap her husband, Justin Price, and take him to a place where he was unlikely to be found.

The indictment alleged Price later made the request to an 18-year-old acquaintance, Jonathan Appelt.

Appelt, who is on probation for attacking two homeless men, did not appear to take any steps toward completing a kidnapping plot, Wood said.

Wood said it’s hard to gauge how much danger Justin Price was in.

“She was out there doing bad things,” he said. “Things that could have been potentially dangerous if she ever got anyone to go along with it.”

Price’s court-appointed attorney, Robert Corl, did not return a phone message Wednesday. LaFleur did not have a phone number listed and other efforts to reach him in person were not successful.

According to the Gazette-Times newspaper, Corl asked a judge at Monday’s arraignment to release Price because she has been taking care of an ailing family member and is getting a master’s degree at an online university. The judge declined the request and set bail at $250,000.