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Woodstock man charged with kidnapping, assault and property damage

The victim stated that while assaults had occurred before, she had never reported it due to threats from Stokesbary.

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PIPESTONE — A Woodstock man is charged with kidnapping and third-degree assault, both felony-level offenses. Reid Stokesbary, 41, also faces felony counts of first-degree property damage and false imprisonment for the intentional constraint of another person without their consent.

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Charges stem from a report of assault to the Pipestone County Sherriff’s office on Aug. 8, when the victim stated she had a significant relationship with Stokesbarry.

During an interview, the victim told officers that on Aug. 3, she stayed at Stokesbary’s residence, but when she woke in the morning, he appeared agitated and irritated. The victim said she started to leave and got in her vehicle, but came back to speak with Stokesbary.

According to the complaint, Stokesbary exited his truck and grabbed the victim’s purse, throwing it. He then took the victim’s keys so she could not leave, as well as the victim’s phone, which he reportedly smashed on the ground. The victim stated that Stokesbary threw her against the ground before grabbing her by the hair and dragging her.

The victim got up and went for her spare key when Stokesbary reportedly came after her with a concrete block. The victim stated she attempted to get in her car and drive away, but Stokesbary got in with her and slammed the block onto the gear shift column. He then reportedly retrieved paint, throwing it over the victim and the car’s interior.

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The victim said she was pulled out of the vehicle by her hair, and that Stokesbary continued to hit and kick for approximately the next hour.

Afterward, Stokesbary reportedly would not let the victim leave until she calmed down and had her keys. According to the report, Stokesbary told the victim if she told anyone, he would do it again.

Eventually, the victim showered and both she and Stokesbary went to the shop to get the paint out of the vehicle.

Scrapes and bruises were photographed along the victim’s body. The victim told officers this was not the first time something like this had happened. The victim stated she had never reported it before because Stokesbary threatened to bury her in the backyard.

The victim’s phone and purse had cost approximately $1,200 together, she said, and she was unsure how much it would cost to repair the vehicle.

A warrant was issued for Stokesbary, who is in custody. Bail was set at $100,000 with the condition no contact be made with the victim.

If convicted, Stokesbarry faces a maximum sentence of 40 years imprisonment, a $50,000 fine, or both for the charge of kidnapping by confining a person without their consent. He faces five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine for both the property damage charge and the assault charge, and the false imprisonment charge carries a maximum sentence of 3 years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

The Southwest Crisis Center is available in our community to support and empower survivors of sexual and domestic violence. For questions about services or how you can help, contact the Southwest Crisis Center at 1-800-376-4311 or mnswcc.org .

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