Ottumwa man accused of kidnapping asks for public defender

Adem Geleto Anota, 33, of Ottumwa

An Ottumwa man charged with holding a Heartland woman and her family captive for nearly two weeks will have his defense provided by the state.

Online court records indicate that Adem Geleto Anota, 33, asked for and received the approval of his request to be provided an attorney from the Iowa Public Defenderâ??s Office.

Anota was scheduled to be in court Monday morning for a bond review hearing, but that court date has been moved until November 18.

Anota has been charged with first degree kidnapping and remains in the custody at the Wapello County Jail on a $150,000 cash only bond.

Court records also indicate Anota will be provided with an interpreter.

Anota was arrested last week after Ottumwa police received a report from a woman claiming that she and members of her family had been held for 13 days against their will.

Court records indicate the woman told police that she was repeatedly sexually assaulted during that time by Anota and that he threatened to kill both her and her family if she failed to comply with his demands.

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