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Kidnap suspect arrested at Coeur d'Alene Casino

John M. Costa, suspected kidnapper John M. Costa, suspected kidnapper

WORLEY, Idaho - Kootenai County Sheriff's deputies were called out to the Coeur d'Alene Casino for a report of a person causing a disturbance on Saturday.  Once there deputies learned that the problem stemmed from a possible kidnapping situation that happened earlier that day.

According to a Kootenai County Sheriff's spokesperson, the suspect in the case, John M. Costa of Chewelah, WA had been the caregiver of the victim, a 49 year-old woman.  Costa went to the casino, found the victim and took her to a hotel in Plummer, ID in an attempt to convince her to drop alleged battery charges against him stemming from an incident while he was her caregiver.  The suspect later drove the victim back to the casino where the victim's son and current caregiver located her and alerted casino security to the incident.

The victim was transported to Kootenai Medical Center where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries she received from Costa allegedly battering her.

Costa was arrested and booked into the Kootenai County Jail for 1st degree kidnapping. He also faces possible charges in Benewah County for assault.

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