Sheriff quiet on suspect’s transfer

Kidnapping and burglary charges await Viggers on his return to Boone County.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:55 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

A Columbia man has sat in a Sedgwick County, Kan., jail cell since Aug. 9, and authorities will not say exactly when he will return to Boone County to face charges of kidnapping, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault.

The one thing the Boone County Sheriff’s Department can say for certain is there are no remaining legal obstacles to his return.

Andrew David Viggers, arrested Aug. 9 in Wichita, Kan., after the forcible abduction of Sara Riebold, 25, of Columbia and alleged flight from law enforcement for five days, has appeared in Wichita courts twice since his arrest.

On Aug. 11, Viggers appeared in Wichita Municipal Court to plead guilty to running a stop sign, according to the court clerk’s office.

Detective Mike Stubbs of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said Viggers also appeared in court Tuesday when he waived his right to an extradition hearing.

These actions removed the need for protracted legal proceedings before Viggers is transported to the Boone County Jail, but they do not ensure his immediate transfer.

Security concerns necessitate a degree of secrecy about Viggers’ movement to the jail, Stubbs said.

“If word gets out, it spreads through the system like wildfire,” he said.

Stubbs said the sheriff’s department will use its own transport team to bring back Viggers, whose bail has been set at $450,000.

Once back in Columbia, Viggers might face federal kidnapping charges, in addition to the three felony counts.

“The case is still under investigation,” said Jeff Lanza, media representative for the Kansas City FBI office. “To date, no federal charges have been filed.”

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