A 23-year old Fowlerville man awaits trial on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery and malicious use of a telecommunications device.
Edward Alfred Priebe, who is a 2006 Hartland High School graduate, according to his Facebook page, is accused of threatening to kill a 16-year old Fowlerville teen during a drug transaction on the 200 block of North Ann Street in Fowlerville around 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 27.
“Priebe showed up with a ski mask, a handgun and a baton club,” Chief Tom Couling of the Fowlerville Police Department told Hartland Patch. “They’re calling it a club, but essentially it’s a police baton that we use for striking people, or defending ourselves.”
Priebe then reportedly threatened and held the teen hostage in his car for an hour while the teen tried to raise $500, which Priebe demanded, by calling friends and family, according to the Livingston County Press & Argus.
“(Priebe) required him to provide information on his family; addresses, phone numbers,” Couling said. “And indicating that, if you don’t give me a certain amount of money, I’m going to kill you and your family.”
After failing to raise the money, the 16-year-old was released unharmed by Priebe but was told he had one week to raise the money or else Preibe would kill his family.
After being released, the teen called his friends who said they were waiting for him at a nearby gas station. The teen then met with officers from the Fowlerville police department, who had been flagged down by his friends- one who allegedly arranged for the drug deal, according to Couling. While the teen was still talking with the police, Priebe called his cell phone and continued to threaten the teen and his family while demanding the money.
Police were able to trace the phone call to Priebe’s father's home in the 200 block of South Street in Fowlerville, where he was arrested Saturday morning.
A search warrant was obtained and police recovered items related to the armed robbery, which included the ski mask, the clothing, and the victim’s ID inside the suspect’s home, according to Couling.
Preibe was arrested and remains jailed on a $1 million bond after his arraignment Sunday at the Livingston County Sheriff Dept, according to the Press & Argus.
There will be no charges against the teen in the failed drug transaction since according to Couling, he never came into possession of anything illegal.