Kidnapping investigated in southwest Missouri, one arrested

Suspect had active warrants
Kidnapping investigated in southwest Missouri, one arrested
Matthew F. Clements arrested on kidnapping, resisting arrest charges

The Barton County Sheriff’s Office releases information about a kidnapping case. Authorities have arrested a Lamar, Missouri man for kidnapping and resisting arrest.

According to Sheriff Mitchell Shaw, the incident happened on November 12th, 2018. A 46-year-old woman told authorities that she had been tied up and bound by duct tape and nylon rope at her home off “A” Highway in Barton County. She told deputies that she was then placed and locked inside a wooden box in the home for a lengthy period of time. The woman says she was able to escape from the box and find help.

Deputies went to the home and found the suspect, 26-year-old Matthew Clements, inside. Authorities say Clements had several warrants out for his arrest out of Barton County and the City of Lamar. While being arrested, deputies say Clements tried to flee and ran for a short distance before being apprehended once again.

Authorities are seeking charges of first degree kidnapping and resisting arrest. Sheriff Shaw says Clements is being held at the Barton County Jail on a $100,000 cash or surety bond on those charges.

Sheriff Shaw credits Deputies Chad Mcmanis and Haven Clemons in the investigation. He says they did a good job in obtaining the information needed in the case and finding and arresting the suspect.