A Garden City man has entered a no contest plea in Pawnee County District Court to charges of kidnapping and battery.
Anthony Riojas, 22, entered the plea on Thursday. He originally was charged with a single count of aggravated kidnapping in connection with a missing teenager report from Garden City on Dec. 21, 2017, according to Pawnee County Attorney Douglas McNett.
The teen’s family reported Riojas as a possible suspect in the girl’s disappearance.
According to the Pawnee County Attorney Office, on Jan. 13, Larned 911 dispatch received a call from someone who reported hearing a woman screaming before witnessing a man forcibly drag a young woman across a Wendy’s parking lot in Larned.
With the assistance of the Garden City Police Department, the Larned Police Department eventually located Riojas and the teenage girl hiding in a Larned residence on Jan. 22.
Once in custody, the girl informed detectives she had been taken to Larned against her will and confirmed she was the young woman seen by the 911 caller, according to the Pawnee County Attorney's Office.
Judge Bruce Gatterman has advised Riojas that he will be subject to lifetime registration as a violent offender. Riojas is in the custody of the Pawnee County Sheriff's Office, and sentencing has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. May 1 in Pawnee County District Court.
Larned residents Christina Warren, 58, and Jayden Warren, 20, also were charged with felony interference with law enforcement in connection with the investigation, according to the Pawnee County Attorney's Office.