Kidnapping thwarted in Eureka Springs, suspect arrested

Monday, May 5, 2014 ~ Updated 5:26 AM
Cory Chapin has been arrested on suspicion of attempted kidnapping.

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Cory Kristopher Chapin, 42, of Kansas Street in Eureka Springs is in Carroll County jail on $300,000 bond this week after he told police last week that he was planning to kidnap and rape a Eureka Springs woman.

Chapin was stopped at Lake Leatherwood City Park on April 25 on suspicion of vehicle theft after his father, Charles Chapin, reported that Cory had taken his 2008 white Honda Accord as well as some prescriptions, a debit card and cash.

Eureka Springs police had put out a "Be On the Lookout" on BOLO on Cory after the father's initial report that morning. At about 11:18 a.m. on April 25, Arkansas State Police Trooper Chad Hipps and Eureka Springs Officer Brian Jones pulled over Chapin driving the missing Honda at Leatherwood, and they arrested him on suspicion of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

A search of the vehicle turned up the prescription belonging to his father as well as baggies containing alleged marijuana, handcuffs, machetes, and a plastic handgun with the red barrel painted black.

While in the patrol car on his way to jail, Cory Chapin told Trooper Hipps that he had "just stopped a kidnapping" and explained that he had the handcuffs in his car in order to restrain the woman he was about to kidnap (whose name is being withheld to protect her privacy), according to the police report. The woman owns a Eureka Springs business, where Chapin had been a customer a few times, he told police.

Chapin has been a Eureka Springs resident since last October, he told police.

After arriving at the Eureka Springs police station and being read his rights, Chapin was interviewed by Detective Thomas Achord. Speaking for about 45 minutes, Chapin explained he was frequently spoken to by God and discussed "how he views his name, numbers and signs given him by God," the police affidavit of probable cause states.

After telling Achord that God had instructed him to kill his children several years earlier, he explained that he had planned to use a hose from his van to "sacrifice" his children, but at the last minute a police officer arrived to arrest him on an outstanding warrant.

Chapin told police he read the Bible and the dictionary and he "received signs from every first, seventh and 16th word." He insisted on explaining all of this to Achord, the police report states, and Chapin said "he had no fear so he would do anything God would tell him."

Chapin told Achord that a few days prior, "God told him to kidnap" the intended victim, "have sex with her and make her listen to his story." Chapin, the police report states, told Achord he "was meant to do it" and "that he would have let her go after he was done."

So the night before, Chapin said, he had stolen some cash, medication, a debit card and the vehicle from his dad. He had just returned from a sporting goods store in Rogers where he bought a sleeping bag "to put (the victim) in while he kept her," the police report states. Chapin told police he had the handcuffs to restrain the victim with and had painted the red barrel on the plastic gun to make it look real so he could force her to go with him.

He had been driving back from Rogers and when he passed the salon at exactly 11:09, Chapin said that was a sign meaning 911, the police report states. "He said he knew that meant something. He said there was another car in front of the (business she owned) so he drove to Leatherwood Park to wait," and that is when police officers arrived.

Chapin also told police he had seen "shrinks" and had been diagnosed as schizophrenic and bipolar. He told Achord he just wanted someone to listen to his story and try to understand that he was "selected by God." He ended the interview by saying he figured he would be going to prison for kidnapping, the police report states.

Chapin has not yet been formally charged, said the Prosecuting Attorney's Office, but charges are forthcoming. He is being held on suspicion of attempted kidnapping and is scheduled to appear in court in Eureka Springs on June 9.

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  • A grim reminder of what people are capable of doing when they are doing it in the name of a god.

    -- Posted by Stormfield on Thu, May 8, 2014, at 2:32 PM
  • I don't know what God he was listening to but it sure wasn't God of heaven, but only the God of hell satan.

    -- Posted by animal angel on Tue, May 13, 2014, at 11:24 PM
  • What a total discrace that this nutjob brings God into his evil plans. God has nothing to do with it, God wouldn't tell anyone to go rape someone or harm them. Man how disillusioned can some people be!!

    -- Posted by animal angel on Tue, May 13, 2014, at 11:26 PM
  • You all missed the point entirely. Schizophrenia is a very serious mental illness in which the sufferer actually "hears voices" that instruct. It is beyond sad that he is untreated. It is equally as sad that the comments above and the police report did not think for a moment to focus on the facts of schizophrenia, but instead, acting as if this were business as usual and mocking the mentally ill. When is mental illness going to be taken seriously in this country? Robin Williams' death should make you pause and make you scratch your heads. Also, the article claims that it tried to keep the identity of the gal "private", but leaked that she owns a "salon" in a town of 3,000 people? Barney 5 reality TV is what this is.

    -- Posted by honestlybarney5 on Wed, Aug 27, 2014, at 4:05 AM
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