A man armed with a stolen firearm kidnapped his estranged wife in Spokane Tuesday, according to authorities.
Andrey S. Yermola, 21, allegedly abducted 19-year-old Margarita S. Yermola, and drove to the Coeur d’Alene Casino, where she escaped, according to Kootenai County Sheriff’s Lt. Stu Miller.
Margarita Yermola told deputies her estranged husband asked to meet with her, but drove away as soon as she got in his car, refusing to let her go. The two have been separated for six months.
At some point, he stopped the car and threw out a pistol that was later recovered using a sheriff’s K-9, Miller said. The pistol was stolen from Spokane.
When they arrived at the casino, Andrey Yermola went inside and Margarita Yermola contacted security.
Deputies arrested Andrey Yermola inside the casino on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping, possession of stolen property and unlawful possession of a firearm, all felonies. He was booked into Kootenai County Jail.
Spokane police are investigating the initial crimes that took place in Spokane.