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Minn. man charged with kidnapping stepdaughter

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — An Elbow Lake man was charged Tuesday with kidnapping his 17-year-old stepdaughter from a mall parking lot, then taking her to a lake cabin and sexually assaulting her.

David Randy Sabby, 46, was charged in Otter Tail County with kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct and violating a protective order. His stepson, Derek Allen Gilpin, 26, is charged with helping Sabby violate the protective order after he allegedly told Sabby where the victim would be on Saturday night.

According to the criminal charges, Sabby confronted them that evening with a handgun just after they bought tickets to attend a movie at Westridge Mall. Sabby allegedly forced the girl into his vehicle, then bound up Gilpin with duct tape and left him in his car.


The victim had a protective order against Sabby after an alleged earlier sexual assault in January, for which he is facing criminal charges in nearby Grant County. According to the charges, Sabby told Gilpin he wanted to talk to the victim in order to convince her to recant her story.

"Gilpin did not believe this arranged meet would go to the extent it did," the charges said.

Gilpin was able to free himself after about half an hour, and called police. An Amber Alert was issued for the missing victim. Police said Gilpin’s version of what happened shifted during interviews with investigators.

After taking the victim from the mall parking lot, Sabby allegedly brought her to an unoccupied lake residence and sexually assaulted her several times. After a few hours he allowed her to leave, giving her the keys to his pickup truck. She drove to a Holiday Station in Fergus Falls and called police.

Both men are being held at the Otter Tail County Jail where they can’t accept phone calls. Sabby’s attorney could not be reached for comment. Assistant County Attorney Michelle Eldien said Gilpin would be represented by a public defender but that appointment had not yet been made.

Sabby’s bail was set at $750,000 cash or bond without conditions, or $400,000 cash or bond with conditions — including that he stay in Minnesota and not live at the home he shares with his wife.

Bail for Gilpin, a resident of the state of Georgia, was set at $40,000 bond or $4,000 cash with conditions.

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