Man denies attempted kidnapping of Lockwood girl; additional charges possible

2014-04-08T11:27:00Z 2014-04-09T07:00:05Z Man denies attempted kidnapping of Lockwood girl; additional charges possibleBy ZACH BENOIT zbenoit@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A Lockwood man who county prosecutors say was fended off by the 13-year-old girl he tried to kidnap denied felony charges stemming from the incident.

Lester Harley McFerran, 36, appeared in front of District Judge Gregory Todd on Tuesday by video from the county jail and denied felony charges of burglary and attempted kidnapping.

Todd continued McFerran's previously set bond of $200,000.

The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office arrested McFerran several days after the incident. Charging documents state that a 13-year-old girl awoke early on March 26 to find a man sitting on her bed.

The girl told law enforcement that he had a pair of handcuffs, told her not to move or speak and ordered her to put her hands behind her back. Charging documents state that she then yelled for her brother and kicked the intruder, which caused him to run off.

She grabbed the pocketknife that she keeps under her pillow, ran into the kitchen and yelled for the man to leave before calling 911, the affidavit states.

Later that morning, Lockwood school officials ordered a modified lockdown for several hours because of the incident.

The girl gave investigators a detailed description of the intruder. The sheriff's office arrested McFerran on March 28 after receiving tips about his identity thanks to a composite sketch released to the media and based on the girl's description.

Court documents state that, after his arrest, McFerran began to cry and said he wanted to kill himself.

Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Ingrid Rosenquist told Todd on Tuesday that more charges could be filed against McFerran based on evidence found during the Monday execution of search warrant at his home, although she did not elaborate on their nature.

Todd also ordered McFerran, should he post bond, to wear a GPS tracking unit.

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