Independence man wanted for multiple kidnappings

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GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — Police are looking for an Independence man suspected of kidnapping  women in two separate incidents.

Police believe Michael Snider, 36, is armed and dangerous. Anyone who recognizes him should call 911 immediately.

Jackson County prosecutors charged Snider with kidnapping and domestic violence assault back in June from an incident that ended in Independence.

But court records show that Snider failed to appear before a judge in September and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Police suspect Snider of being involved in a similar kidnapping that happened this month in Grain Valley.

Those who know Snider say they’re stunned.

“I don’t know what would come into him to do that honestly,” said Rachel Frost. “He’s got a girlfriend. He’s got kids. He’s got an ex-wife, why would you even do that. Like that doesn’t make any sense to me. I don’t know if maybe he’s doing it because of the drugs and the drugs are overtaking his brain.”

Frost says she grew up with Snider, and says he had a drug problem for a while. She also reported the house where he was living to police because she suspected drug activity.

Police say Snider is known to drive a 2008 silver Jeep Patriot with Missouri tags YC0 F9H. If you see this vehicle call police. A $2,000 reward is being offered through the TIPS hotline for information that leads to Snider’s arrest.

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