A 17-year-old Danville resident is in custody after bludgeoning a woman and attempting to steal her car in Idaho's Hope Peninsula.
On July 31, Marshall Dittrich and Joseph Martin of Denver, Colo., also 17, were running away from a boarding school in Montana when they decided to hitch a ride along state Route 200.
"They were picked up by an elderly lady and then decided they were going to take her car by whatever means necessary," said Det. Sgt. Gary Johnston with the Bonner County Sheriff's Department.
According to the Bonner County Daily Bee, Hope resident Vera Gadman, 66, picked up Marshall and Joseph who said they were looking for a campsite. When Gadman stopped her vehicle at an undeveloped cul-de-sac so the juveniles could examine a map, the two suddenly attacked her with "improvised bludgeons."
"She was choked and hit several times with an object over the head," Johnston said.
After sustaining several blows, Gadman attempted to run away from the vehicle but was soon followed by Marshall and Joseph, who continued their attacks before abruptly fleeing on foot. Gadman was later transported to Bonner General Hospital and has since been released.
"After the battery took place they fled on foot, leaving the car and their backpacks," Johsnston said. "(Hope Peninsula is) in a steeper, more remote area. So we set up a perimeter and tried to locate the subjects."
The assailants were found on the morning of Monday, Aug. 1 "barefoot, covered in bug bites and pretty much ready to give up."
Marshall and Joseph are currently being held at the Bonner County Jail under charges of aggravated battery and intent to commit robbery. Each has a $500,000 bond, but no one has posted bail for either teen.
When asked whether he knew what might happen to the Danville resident and his friend, Johnston said he was uncertain.
"With the severity of the crime and the fact that they're juveniles, it's going to be hard to speculate," he said.
The Dittriches have not returned calls for comment.