GALESBURG, Ill. (NEWS3) — Two people were arrested in Galesburg after allegedly kidnapping their 93-year-old mother from a nursing home.
Galesburg Police said they were contacted Thursday by Albia, Iowa Police about an elderly woman who had been kidnapped from a nursing home in Iowa by her two children.
Police said there were arrest warrants nationwide for the alleged suspects, Michael Fisher, 54, of Iowa and Frances Sisler, 73, of Iowa, for kidnapping.
Authorities said Fisher was known to be armed and had past confrontations with police. Officers were also informed that Fisher mentioned he would start a shootout with police if confronted.
Albia Police pinged Fisher’s and Sisler’s cell phone to Galesburg. Officers searched around and found the alleged suspects’ vehicle in the 2400 block of Grand Ave. in Galesburg.
Police monitored the home where the vehicle was parked. Police said Fisher came outside to warm up his car and was then taken into custody without incident. Sisler was inside the house and also arrested.
Their 93-year-old mother was also inside the house. Police said she was in respiratory distress, but did not notice any foul play. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Galesburg Police Deputy Chief Rodney Riggs told NEWS3, “The suspects advised that their mother did not wish to pass away in a nursing home and she wanted to see family.”
Fisher and Sisler were charged with a Monroe County, Iowa warrant for third degree kidnapping. Bond was set at $10,000.