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In brief: Woman charged with kidnapping

A Spokane woman accused of kidnapping her girlfriend at knifepoint last weekend remains in jail on $10,000 bond.

Emily J. Lystad, 25, was arrested Saturday after allegedly assaulting her girlfriend, Serena King, at Irv’s bar, 415 W. Sprague Ave., and driving her to a Worley, Idaho, cabin while threatening her with a knife.

Lystad then drove King to their home at 10714 E. Augusta Ave., in Spokane Valley, according to a probable cause affidavit prepared by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Lystad choked and hit King after tying her to a bed, according to the affidavit.

A roommate helped untie King and noticed bruises on her face, deputies said. Lystad was arrested at 312 W. Eighth Ave. and reportedly admitted to deputies that she’d assaulted and kidnapped King.

“Lystad admitted to saying she wanted King dead if she could not be with her,” according to the affidavit.

Lystad appeared in Superior Court on Monday on first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault charges. Her arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday.

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