Three people are facing kidnapping and theft charges alleging that they tied up a Livingston-area woman and stole her car Wednesday.
Brent Lee Cloward, 26; Tilicia Alexis Elliot, 22; and Mary Elizabeth Johnson, 25, appeared in front of Stillwater County Justice of the Peace Marilyn Kober by video from the Yellowstone County jail on a courtesy arraignment. They were each charged with felony counts of theft and aggravated kidnapping.
Cloward also faces charges of speeding and driving with a revoked or suspended license.
Park County court records say that on Wednesday, Carol Heath was at her Livingston-area home when she received a call from a friend’s granddaughter, whom she knew as “Tilly,” asking for a ride from a Livingston gas station because her car had broken down.
When Heath arrived, a man and woman joined Tilly and she took them all back to her home on Vista View Drive.
Court documents say that a short time later, and after Tilly asked Heath if she had any money and offered to sell her methamphetamine and prescription medications, the three tied Heath up with dog leashes and duct tape.
The documents say they took a purse, telephones and some change before taking the woman’s car.
“She is physically fine, (it) took her about an hour after it occurred, she was able to get loose,” Park County Attorney Brett Linneweber said.
Heath went to the home of a neighbor, who reported the incident. Authorities then sent out a bulletin about Heath’s stolen Pontiac sedan.
Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Eric Gilbert spotted the car driving eastbound at 97 mph on Interstate 90 in Stillwater County. He “pulled them over and arrested them on the spot,” Linneweber said.
Inside the car were Elliot and Johnson, both of Billings, and Cloward.
Elliot and Johnson remain in custody at the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on bonds of $150,000 each. Cloward is being held on a bond of $150,710.
Gazette reporter Chelsea Krotzer contributed to this article.