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Meservey man accused of kidnapping and beating woman pleads not guilty

ROCKWELL, IOWA – A convicted domestic abuser who’s spent time in prison has entered a not guilty plea after he allegedly kidnapped, beat and tortured a woman this month.

On October 7, 2016 the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a 36 year-old female who was at the Dollar General Store in Sheffield, Iowa. The female stated she had been beaten and kidnapped by a male subject. This incident started in Meservey, Iowa and the victim was transported, by the male, to the Sheffield area.

The Sheffield Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call. The male subject left the area prior to their arrival. The sheriff’s office conducted an investigation and filed a charge of Willful Injury (Class C Felony) against the subject, Charles Raymond Albright, age 41, who claims via social media to live in Meservey and to be a “misunderstood nice guy who’s sick of finishing last”. They were unable to locate Albright following the incident.

The Franklin County Attorney requested assistance from the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal investigation (DCI) on October 18, 2016. The DCI assisted with the investigation including additional interviews and search warrants and locating the suspect.

On October 19, 2016 investigators located Charles Albright at 11446 Killdeer Avenue, in rural Rockwell, Iowa. Albright was taken into custody without incident on the warrant for his Willful Injury charge.

The DCI has also charged Charles Albright with Kidnapping in the First Degree (Class A Felony). He is currently being held by Franklin County Jail on no bond.

Agencies that assisted in this joint investigation include Sheffield Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Mason City Police Department, Clear Lake Police Department, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County Attorney’s Office, Cerro Gordo County Attorney’s Office and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office Area Prosecutions Division.

The Waterloo Courier reported that Albright tortured the victim for hours, and “is accused of punching and cutting the 36-year-old woman, allowing his dog to bite her and shocking her with a stun gun” and more, causing serious injuries and loss of vision.

Court records show Abright was convicted of second-offense domestic abuse assault in Worth county in 2003 and later sent to an Iowa prison for his crime in 2004 after he violated his probation.

Albright has entered a not-guilty plea. He will face a January 24, 2017 jury trial.

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