17-year-old facing multiple felony charges makes appearance in district court
STANTON, Neb. -- A 17-year-old facing multiple felony charges made his first appearance in Stanton County District Court on Monday.
Gabriel Safty, of rural Stanton County, is charged with first-degree sexual assault, use of a weapon to commit a felony, burglary, and felony theft.
Safty was arrested by the Stanton County Sheriff's Office following a vehicle pursuit on April 21. The chase occurred after Safty allegedly broke into a rural residence north of Leigh and sexually assaulted a woman. Authorities accuse Safty of tying the woman up and threatening her at gunpoint.
According to Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger, Safty then stole the woman's vehicle and used it in the pursuit.
He was then taken into custody after the vehicle's tires were deflated and he fled on foot. The arrest was made in Cuming County, with authorities reportedly locating Safty on top of a livestock trailer near a rural residence.
Safty's attorney requested a continuance on the arraignment to file several motions.
Safty will next appear in court on June 14 on other related charges.
EDITOR'S NOTE: In previous stories, the defendant was not mentioned by name due to his age. Due to the defendant now being tried as an adult in district court, News Channel Nebraska will be publishing the defendant's name.