Man jailed in kidnapping, assault case

MENOMINEE — A Wallace man remains lodged in Menominee County Jail without bond after being arrested for failing to appear in court regarding pending charges of kidnapping and rape.

Kevin Michael Ihander, 43, of N6278 U.S. 41, Wallace, was charged last year with one count of kidnapping and two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct committed during a felony. The charges each carry maximum sentencings of life in prison.

The three felony charges stem from a July 28, 2016, incident at Ihander’s residence involving a female victim from Wisconsin who was in a dating relationship with Ihander, according to Det. Sgt. Jeff Brunelle of the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department, the investigating agency.

Four days after the alleged incident occurred, the victim, now 28 years old, reported to law enforcement that she was threatened not to leave the home and was sexually assaulted by Ihander, said Brunelle. A two-year-old child was in the home at the time of the incident, the detective added.

Following a lengthy investigation, Ihander was arrested and lodged in jail on Dec. 9, 2016.

After his arraignment in district court, he posted a $10,000 bond and was released from jail.

The kidnapping and two criminal sexual conduct counts were bound over from district court to circuit court in February.

When Ihander failed to show up for a scheduled hearing in circuit court, his bond was cancelled and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Ihander turned himself in to police on March 20 and was later arraigned on the contempt of court charge.

He is scheduled for a pretrial conference in circuit court on June 9 when he may set a plea date or schedule a trial.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,