Community On Edge After Kidnapping Arrest

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

A community is on edge after learning their neighbor has been arrested for kidnapping. Channel Six’s Brittany Gunter spoke with some neighbors who say they’ve had concerning encounters with the suspect before.

19-year-old Nathan Busse is escorted out of Edison Elementary in handcuffs Monday. He’s accused of grabbing a 10-year-old girl outside of the school. Police say he forced her to walk with him before she was able to get free.

Tracy Clingenpeel was in shock when she heard the news. “Sheer panic again, I was like obviously he is capable of doing horrible things.” Clingenpeel lives just down the street from Busse and says this past Summer something similar happened to her daughter.

Clingenpeel says that her 12-year-old daughter was riding her bike down the street when Busse came up behind her and bumped his bike tire against hers, pushing her down the street like that. Clingenpeel says her son came outside and her daughter was able to get away. “She was terrified, she didn’t know what to do.” Her son recognized Busse and Clingenpeel then called police.

Then there’s a letter. Clingenpeel’s cousin, Amanda Putnam, who lives across the street from Busse, says he gave her a letter about a year and a half ago. “I was shocked and scared,” said Putnam. The letter says things like, “I think you are so pretty and hot. I feel like coming over sometime,” and that’s not all. “I noticed lots of times he would stand outside of his door and stare inside our house,” said Putnam.

Putnam says she also called the police. Others in the area say they’ve heard of these incidents and have been worried for their kids. Putnam says, “I’m glad that they caught him and hopefully can keep him in jail for a while.”

The lead investigator in the case says before this incident Busse had not been arrested in Council Bluffs, but he had been the subject of other police reports. He says they are now looking into those other cases and more charges for those incidents are possible.

Busse's bond was set at $50,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 7th.

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