Missouri man accused of kidnapping sister to stop wedding - KCTV5

Missouri man accused of kidnapping sister to stop wedding

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A Jamesport, MO man has been charged with kidnapping his sister to stop her from getting married.

Conrad Kaufman, 25, is accused of kidnapping his sister, Cindy Kaufman, and holding her against her will in his truck.

Kaufman is also accused of transporting Cindy to Illinois to prevent her from marrying her fiancé, John Graber. 

Since October, Graber has been building a home in the hopes of starting his family in it. But early this week, things took a drastic turn. On Monday, Conrad Kaufman sent John a text asking to speak to her. 

"I dropped her off at 2:00 and by 3 or 3:15, I called her, called him...no answer," he said. "I had all the truck loaded and was ready to go, but no reply and I started to get pretty nervous." 

Graber says he sent a text if he didn't hear from either of them, he was notifying police. He had no idea what response he would get. 

"At that point at 4:00 p.m., he sends me a text back, 'sorry the wedding is off. I'm taking her far, far away and you're never going to see her again.' And then I fell apart." 

Graber says in the past few months, there had been some concerns about whether she should marry him because of religious differences.

They both had parted ways with the Amish community but never imagined anything like this would happen. 

Graber says Kaufman’s father and her family believed they were keeping her from harm.  He points out that gossip and slander seemed close to the center of the issue.

He explained it happened “through a process of basically character assassination.”

Graber says people characterized him as “crazy” and adds, “It was a process of people talking to her father, and he was a little unstable, and he took it seriously and they didn’t understand the seriousness of what’s happening.”

The misconception allowed things to spiral out into what Graber believes lead to the kidnapping.

About 24 hours after the incident, Cindy Kaufman is home and her brother has been charged with first-degree kidnapping. 

"It's a miracle that she's here, because if local law enforcement had just viewed it as a domestic situation, she'd be gone," he said. "I'd be sitting here with a new house and no one to marry." 

Cindy Kaufman and her fiancé are set to marry on July 1, 2017.

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