Milan man faces kidnapping and domestic assault charges


A Milan man has been arrested and charged in Adair County following an alleged incident Monday.

Online court information shows 35-year-old Daniel Stephens faces felony charges of first-degree kidnapping and first-degree domestic assault as well as a misdemeanor violation of an order of protection for an adult. Bond was set at $75,000 cash only, and an arraignment was held Tuesday.

A probable cause statement from the Kirksville Police Department accuses Stephens of driving up to a parked vehicle in the Kraft Foods parking lot and yelling at a woman identified as his wife to come with him. She had a full order of protection against him.  The woman reportedly agreed to get into the vehicle with Stephens before he drove off, stopped several times, hit her with a closed fist, and kicked her out of the vehicle.

The probable cause statement indicates the woman heard a gunshot come from the vehicle after she was kicked out the second time, went back to the vehicle to check on Stephens well-being, and determined he was fine. He then allegedly told her he would kill himself if she did not get into the vehicle.

The report from the Kirksville Police Department notes the woman grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to escape but was unable to do so. She told police she was finally able to escape on Rye Creek Road.

A police officer reported he observed the woman’s hand was swollen, a golf ball-sized lump on her forehead, and a large blue and purple bruise on the left side of her head near her temple.

Online information shows Stephens is next scheduled for the Associate Division of Adair County Circuit Court October 3rd.