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February 23, 2015

Timothy Caskey Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Kidnapping Woman and Fleeing to Mexico

United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger announced the sentencing of TIMOTHY GLEN CASKEY, 43, to 300 months in federal prison for assaulting a woman, kidnapping her, and robbing a bank in Kansas while in-transit to Mexico with the kidnapped victim. CASKEY was charged on September 21, 2011, with kidnapping and interstate domestic violence, and on October 19, 2011 with bank robbery. CASKEY pleaded guilty on February 6, 2014, to kidnapping and bank robbery. The defendant was sentenced on February 20, 2015, before Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in Duluth, Minn.

“Timothy Caskey kidnapped the victim and took her to Mexico, where he repeatedly threatened her, and physically and sexually assaulted her,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle E. Jones. “The defendant funded his violent escapade by robbing a bank in Kansas and stealing a truck in Texas. His history of violent criminal behavior, combined with his guilty plea for these crimes, properly resulted in his 25-year prison sentence. I am grateful to the police departments in Virginia, Minnesota and New Braunfels, Texas, as well as the FBI and BCA for conducting an excellent investigation in this case.”

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on July 14, 2011, CASKEY forcibly kidnapped the victim from a street in Virginia, Minnesota, while she was walking with her nine-year-old son, and three others. CASKEY forced the victim into his car, attacked her nine-year-old son and another person, and fled with the victim. CASKEY attacked her repeatedly with the handle of a screwdriver before pulling off the highway and sexually assaulting the victim.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, on July 15, 2011, CASKEY robbed the Great Southern Bank in Ottawa, Kansas. Before entering the bank, CASKEY used shoelaces to tie up the kidnapping victim and left her in his vehicle. The defendant later stole a pickup truck from a used car dealership in New Braunfels, Texas. Thereafter, CASKEY crossed the border into Mexico, where he continued to physically and sexually assault the kidnapping victim. He threatened to kill her if she tried to escape, and also withheld food and water from the victim. CASKEY was apprehended on August 8, 2011 in Mexico.

This case resulted from an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Virginia Police Department (Minnesota), and the New Braunfels Police Department (Texas).

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle E. Jones and Nate Petterson.

Defendant Information:

  • Virginia, Minn.


  • Kidnapping, 1 count
  • Bank Robbery, 1 count


  • 300 months in prison
  • 5 years of supervised release
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