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Update: All six kidnapping suspects have been arrested

Three men and three women were arrested for allegedly kidnapping and holding a Pierce County woman against her will last week in South Kitsap, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

According to Spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson, a 30-year-old Pierce County woman called 911 Jan. 7 from a convenience store at the corner of Jackson and Lund avenues in South Kitsap to report that she had just escaped from an apartment where she was being held captive.

The victim said she drove to a friend’s house in Bremerton around 10 p.m. Jan. 5, and once there she was attacked by a male suspect whom she said forced her back into her vehicle and had her drive to the Mariner’s Glen apartment complex on Jackson Avenue in South Kitsap.

Once she parked her vehicle, the victim said it was surrounded by several more suspects who allegedly dragged her into an apartment and subjected her to mental and physical abuse, including threatening her with a handgun and telling her she would be held for ransom.

Wilson said the motive for the kidnapping and imprisonment appears to have been alleged theft of money and/or controlled substances by the victim.

She told investigators she was held inside the apartment for 31 hours, then escaped Jan. 7 when the suspects were asleep.

Deputies responded to the apartment and arrested four suspects — two men and two women — while a man and a woman remained at large.

The wanted suspects included South Kitsap residents Robert J. Grinde, 22, and Erika P. Verbic (aka Long), 27.

Both Verbic and Grinde have since been arrested.

The arrested suspects, with the exception of Grinde, appeared in Kitsap County Superior Court Jan. 12.

Terrell S. Booker, 35, was charged with one count of first-degree kidnapping, with special circumstances of using a firearm and a “high-degree of sophistication.”

He remains in Kitsap County Jail under $525,000 bail.

Israel Adoram, 30, was charged with first-degree kidnapping, with the same special circumstances. Adoram remains in jail under $500,000 bail.

Amanda S. Fellinger, 29, was charged with kidnapping and remains under $100,000 bail. Megan N. Hopkins, 25, was also charged with kidnapping, and was previously released on $25,000 bail.

Verbic appeared on one count of second-degree robbery, and is being held under $150,000 bail.

As of Friday, Grinde was being held in Kitsap County Jail under $500,000 bail on a first-degree kidnapping arrest charge.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Kitsap County Sheriff's Detective Chad Birkenfeld at 337-5619. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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