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Sheriff: Bay Area handyman kidnapped, forced to work

  • This image released by Santa Clara County Sheriff's department shows Chanelle Troedson. Troedson and Jason DeJesus were arrested and booked on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, for investigation of kidnapping, false imprisonment, criminal threats, carjacking,conspiracy and assault. They are accused of luring a Northern California handyman to a home, punching him in the face and telling him to fix a dishwasher or die. (AP Photo/Santa Clara County Sheriff)

MORGAN HILL — A Northern California man and woman are accused of luring a handyman to a home, beating him and holding him against his will for about six hours while they forced him to fix a dishwasher and other appliances under threat of his life.

Jason DeJesus, 36, and Chanelle Troedson, 33, were charged with false imprisonment and other felony counts Thursday, three days after they were arrested in the attack on the 50-year-old handyman, Santa Clara County authorities said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza told The Associated Press the attack followed a dispute between the handyman and a relative of DeJesus' over payment for work he'd done at the relative's house about two months ago.

The suspects lured the handyman to the home in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Morgan Hill on Monday morning on the promise of receiving the money he was owed, as well as doing other work. Instead, the handyman was immediately assaulted, Cardoza said.

"He was in fear, just scared within seconds of walking in the house," the sheriff's sergeant said.


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