Ogden kidnapping, rape suspect awaiting extradition hearing in California

Posted at 10:19 PM, Aug 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-11 20:44:55-04

OGDEN, Utah – Ogden Police are working to bring an accused kidnapper and rapist who was arrested in California Friday back to Utah.

Ryan Mitchell Schaffer, 33, was arrested in Eureka, California. The man is accused of kidnapping a 14-year-old boy and forcing him to perform sexual acts at gun point.

Police said Shaffer allegedly kidnapped the boy on July 3 and held him against his will for three days. Police said the suspect threatened the boy with a knife as he was getting off a FrontRunner train.

Court documents allege Schaffer took the teen to multiple places around Ogden, including to a home where Schaffer told people the teen was his cousin.

Schaffer was wanted on aggravated kidnapping charges and three counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

According to information from the Ogden Police Department, officers secured an extraditable warrant for the suspect, who is registered in the state of Utah as a sex offender.

Police searched for Schaffer in Ogden, and after he wasn’t found additional assistance and resources were requested. U.S. Marshals and members of the Joint Criminal Apprehension Team worked closely with Ogden police to follow up on leads.

Schaffer was found in Eureka, California Friday and taken into custody without incident.

Ogden police offered special thanks to the United States Marshal Service and Eureka Police Department for their efforts in apprehending Schaffer.

Schaffer will need an extradition hearing before he can be transported to Utah, and Ogden police said Sunday the date of that hearing has not yet been set.