Bootheel Man Charged with Kidnapping, Other Crimes

SEPTEMBER 13, 2006 - Posted at 4:12 p.m. CDT

KENNETT, MO - A 24-year-old Pemiscot County man has been charged with first degree robbery, first degree burlgary and kidnapping for his alleged role in a home invasion crime that occured on Sunday in Dunklin County.

According to Sheriff Bob Holder, John Wesley Ward of Pascola "forcibly stole $35 in U.S. currency and car keys owned by Reba Province."  Holder says Ward knowingly and unlawfully entered Mrs. Province's residence on Highway 25 near Malden "for the purpose of committing robbery and/or stealing."  Holder also claims that Ward committed kidnapping by restraining Province without her consent "for the purpose of facilitating the commission of a felony, robbery."

A judge has set Ward's bond at $75,000.