A 20-year-old Lincoln man has been arrested, charged with the kidnapping and rape of an 8-year-old girl.
Lincoln Police Department spokeswoman Katie Flood says the suspect is accused of entering the girl’s residence with the intent to rob the house. Then, he changed his mind.
“An 8-year-old girl remembered going to bed only to awake, bound, in an unknown garage,” Flood tells reporters at a briefing. “The suspect allowed her to leave early the next morning, threatening that if she told police or her parents he would kill them.”
The girl went home and told her parents about the incident.
Flood says police arrested Cody Riddle shortly thereafter.
An investigation continues to see if Riddle is linked with reports from other children about a stranger approaching them after they left school.
Flood says Riddle has been charged with kidnapping and first degree sexual assault of a child.
“I think a situation like this is right up there with an officer’s worst nightmare and a parent’s worst nightmare,” Flood says. “This is something you never want to happen to a child in your community.”
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.