Pre-trial Hearing for Accused Kidnapper 11 Sep 12

A Worthington woman accused of kidnapping an employee at the New Ulm Wal-Mart in June and claiming there was a bomb in the store is scheduled to be in court for a pre-trial hearing today (Tuesday).

38-year-old Elisheba Joy Swett faces multiple charges, including kidnapping, attempted robbery, assault, terroristic threats and theft. She was taken into custody on June 14th after allegedly forcing the Wal-Mart associate from the New Ulm store and claiming that she had planted a bomb in the building.

The store was evacuated, but no bomb was found. Several Wal-Mart employees and customers had reportedly confronted Swett in the store parking lot during the incident, and she reportedly released the employee when police arrived.

Swett remains in custody in the Brown County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

She is currently on probation after pleading guilty to domestic assault in April.

Her trial for the Wal-Mart incident is scheduled to begin October 3rd.