Letterman Thanks Those Who Foiled Kidnap
David Letterman dropped the sarcasm Monday night and thanked the Montana authorities who helped solve an alleged plot to kidnap his 18-month-old son and nanny.
"Last week, my family and I were involved in a little legal activity, and fortunately everything turned out fine, but I want to just take a second here to thank some people," said Letterman, 57, taping his first Late Show since last week's incident.
He thanked two FBI agents, Teton County Sheriff George Anderson, county attorney Joe Coble "and the great people of Choteau, Montana. They have always made me and my family feel entirely welcome as though it were our home and that's how we think of it," he said.
Last Friday Letterman had released a statement on behalf of himself and his longtime girlfriend, Regina Lasko, who is Harry's mother. "We will be forever grateful for their tireless efforts and determination to vigorously pursue this situation," he said of authorities' efforts.
On Tuesday, Kelly A. Frank, 43, pleaded not guilty to planning to hold Letterman's child and his nanny for $5 million ransom. He faces felony charges of solicitation and theft and a misdemeanor charge of obstruction.
Montana police announced Thursday that they had arrested Frank. Montana Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sally Hilander said Frank was under state supervision for a previous crime and was working as a painter at Letterman's ranch west of Choteau.
In the Letterman case, Frank was arrested March 13 and arraigned four days later. He remains held on $600,000 bail. Authorities say he was planning the kidnap for when Letterman and his family next visited the ranch. The suspect's fiancée denies Frank was involved in a plot, claiming he was unfairly targeted by a lifelong friend who was out to get him.
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