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Largo man attempts kidnapping with 10-inch knife, police say

LARGO — Police arrested John E. Batchelder on Tuesday and accused him of attempting to kidnap his roommate and another man after threatening them with a large kitchen knife.

According to an arrest report, Batchelder, 41, 402 Fourth Ave. NE in Largo, was at home with Stephen Timko, 29, and Ricky Maddox, 23, at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The report says Batchelder held a knife to Timko and threatened to kill him if he did not receive $120. He held the 10-inch knife up to Timko's face, nose and stomach, leaving small cuts on Timko's forehead.

Batchelder then threatened Maddox, his roommate, the report said. Batchelder told Maddox that if he did not help him kill Timko, he would also kill him, the arrest report said.

Maddox refused to help, saying that "he did not want anything to do with this," the arrest report said.

Batchelder was arrested by Largo police and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and two counts of kidnapping.

Wednesday evening, Batchelder was being held at the Pinellas County Jail without bail.

Largo man attempts kidnapping with 10-inch knife, police say 08/04/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 8:29pm]
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