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  • New details on Pearl Street assault

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  • Details have emerged on the three charges brought against Dustin S. Hillenbrand that stem from a reported assault on Jan. 3 in Independence.
    The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office charged Hillenbrand Tuesday with kidnapping, second degree domestic assault and unlawful possession of a firearm after Independence police arrested him during a traffic stop Monday afternoon. Police had been actively searching for Hillenbrand since Jan. 3.
    According to court documents, Independence responded in reference to an assault at 23rd Street and Noland Road in Independence at 2:31 p.m. Jan. 3. A female victim said she went to her ex-boyfriend Hillenbrand’s residence in the 1100 block of South Pearl Street to sell Victoria’s Secret gift cards to him.
    Once the victim entered the residence, she was allegedly punched in the face by Hillenbrand, who allegedly zip-tied her wrists behind her head. She also told police that he pulled her sweatshirt over her face and took possession of her gift cards and phone.
    Subsequently, Hillenbrand allegedly forced her into a vehicle and again punched her in the nose, threatening to kill her while driving into an unknown area. He eventually left the vehicle and got into another truck, and an unidentified person drove both him and the victim back to his Pearl Street residence. Once the truck backed into the garage, the victim told police that she overheard what Hillenbrand was going to do with her and she escaped shortly afterward.
    Police obtained a search warrant for Hillenbrand’s house around 6 p.m. that day and discovered zip ties similar to those found on the victim, the Victoria’s Secret gift cards, the victim’s phone, a shotgun, a 2002 Chrysler Concord and Yamaha YZ450F, both of which had been reported stolen. The shotgun was loaded with five rounds of live ammunition and found underneath a Christmas stocking labeled “Dustin.”
    A computer check of Hillenbrand’s history revealed that he was a convicted felon in Missouri with previous arrests for theft, receiving stolen property and tampering with a motor vehicle.
    The victim also said another person lived with Hillenbrand at the same residence named David N. Moffet. He was arrested by Independence police. According to court documents, Moffet was interviewed and told detectives that he sometimes stayed at the residence. He also denied any knowledge of the incident and ownership of the shotgun.
    A judge set Hillenbrand’s bond at $50,000 and his first court appearance has been set for Jan. 29.

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