GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - Three men charged with four felonies, including kidnapping a Grandville woman, were arraigned Wednesday, and will remain behind bars unless they can post the high bonds set by a judge.
Regan Reynolds, Quinton Goree and Bryan Blakely each face kidnapping, home invasion and conspiracy charges in what was an attempt to extort a ransom payment from a husband-and-wife who lived at the Grandville home. The plan failed when the kidnapped woman escaped after she was tied to a telephone pole.
Police allege Reynolds supplied a map, gloves, scarves and duct tape to Goree and Blakely, and, investigators believe, drove them to the scene and told them they could get into the house on Navaho Court through an unlocked garage door.
Goree and Blakely allegedly tied up Reynold's former in-law's, David and Kathleen Byker, and demanded a $200,000 ransom. Kathleen Byker was carried to a car, where she was driven to a corn field near the Kent-Allegan county line and tied loosely to a pole.
But she escaped.
An investigator's affadavit revealed that Blakely apologized and that Goree's girlfriend -- who is Blakely's sister -- called police after Goree expressed remorse.
Both men asked police to come pick them up.
Goree's grandmother, Bessie Barner, said she found out about the situation on the news. She said it is out of character for her grandson to be involved in such an ordeal.
"I feel sorry for the people," Barner said. "I don't know why in the world he would do such a thing and I hope they can find in their heart to forgive him."
A preliminary hearing for the three men is set for Aug. 25. Reynolds is being held on a $750,000 bond, while Goree and Blakely's bonds are each set at $700,000.
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