Woman Found Hiding in Trunk

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Nichole Marie Munson looked visibly upset Wednesday as a Clinton County judge read the four felony charges against her.

"Do you understand ma'am?" the judge asked.

"Yes," Munson said.

The 35-year-old was arrested Tuesday, charged with car jacking, assault, driving away with a stolen car, and eluding a police officer. Those charges, police said, stem from an unbelievable chain of events Monday.

Police say the victim was driving home from work at MSU on US-127 when she noticed her trunk light was on. She pulled over at Price Road to check it out, but the trunk would not open or close.

That's when the victim got into her back seat, pulled it down and found black boots, and a stun gun. Then all of a sudden the boots started to move.

"This person was dressed in all black," Det. Sgt. Fritz Sandberg said. "She had latex gloves on clearly had a disguise on to hide her identity."

Detective Sgt. Sandberg said the victim closed the seat and then ran away. He said Munson got out of the trunk and drove away with the car.

"One of our deputies encountered the vehicle and a chase ensued," Sandberg said.

Sanberg said the suspect eventually parked the car in a driveway then ran away.

"We had the use K-9 help to track her," Sandberg said.

Munson was eventually found and arrested on Tuesday. A motive has not been found, police said Munson is the ex-wife of the victim's current boyfriend.

"Because of the relationship both women have with the man, that is a cause," he said, "but why she was in the car, dressed as she was, we're still working on it."

Munson is a mother, used to be in the military, and currently works as a home-care nurse.

She was appointed an attorney Wednesday, the judge did not grant bond.

Munson could face up to life in prison.

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