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  • Police, DHS investigate kidnapping, rape

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  • A 27-year-old Ardmore man remained detained Tuesday on a $750,000 bond while Ardmore police and Department of Human Services child welfare workers continued the investigation of an overnight kidnapping and rape of a 7-year-old at an Ardmore apartment complex.
    Carter County District Court records indicate Special District Judge Thomas Baldwin set the bond Tuesday in connection with a 48-hour (kidnapping/burglary) affidavit filed in the case against Brendon Edward Marusak. The judge also stipulated if Marusak was able to post bond, he would only be released wearing a GPS ankle monitor.
    Marusak was arrested about 9 a.m. Monday after police broke through the barricaded door to his residence at the Ashbrooke Place Apartments, located at 1902 Knox Road. Marusak was apprehended without incident. The child he was holding captive inside the apartment was taken to a local hospital and later released. Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt, Ardmore Police Department public information officer, said Monday officers had responded to the complex about 8 a.m. after the child's mother reported the child missing from her home.
    Tuesday, Hunnicutt said the investigation had picked up speed as evidence was uncovered.
    "Considering the extreme nature of the abduction and subsequent rape of a small child, we are looking at every possible lead. At this time, due to the circumstances of this crime and evidence recovered, we are looking at the strong possibility of additional victims," he said. "We are working with DHS to gather history, background and information on the victim(s) and the suspect, and connections between the victim(s) and suspect."
    Hunnicutt said investigators were also asking for the public's help.
    "We are urging anyone with information about Brendon Marusak or anyone who may know of any children who have had contact with Marusak, to contact the Ardmore Police Department (580) 223-1212 or the DHS hotline at (800) 522-3511," he said.
    Hunnicutt said investigators expected to present reports to the district attorney for review today.
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