Crescent man found guilty on kidnapping charges

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May 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

After a week long trial and two-days of deliberations, a jury in Pottawattamie County handed down a verdict of “Guilty” against a Crescent man facing first- and second-degree kidnapping charges. The Omaha World-Herald reports the decision against 39-year old Bryan Bey was reached Thursday. Bey was accused of kidnapping and assaulting 30-year old Tabitha Proplesch, of Council Bluffs, on March 30th, 2012.The woman was found handcuffed and beaten the next day, in a pickup truck that had run out of gas, west of Crescent.

Bey represented himself at his trial, during which he said authorities lied, destroyed and planted evidence. The trial also featured several heated exchanges between Bey and some witnesses. Bey, and 33-year old Travis Labno, of Omaha, were arrested in connection with the incident. The charges against Labno were later dropped.