Police arrest two on kidnapping charges | PostIndependent.com

Police arrest two on kidnapping charges

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A man and a woman were arrested Tuesday after allegedly kidnapping and assaulting a Glenwood Springs man.Glenwood Springs Police arrested Manuel Damaso Mendoza, 29, on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, felony menacing, aggravated robbery, theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, weapons violations and criminal mischief. He hadn’t posted an $80,000 bond Friday afternoon, according to the Garfield County Combined Courts office.Police also arrested Lisa Marie Georgieff, 28, on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, felony menacing, aggravated robbery, unlawful use of a controlled substance, three unlawful-possession-of-a-controlled-substance counts relating to prescription medications, theft, criminal mischief and on outstanding warrants for original charges of forgery and possession of marijuana. She hadn’t posted a $63,000 bond.According to an arrest affidavit, a man contacted police and said he’d been beaten and kidnapped. Police said they took photos of his injured face. The man said he’d been living with Damaso Mendoza in Rifle and had loaned him $1,800 for rent money. He told police Damaso Mendoza didn’t repay the money so he took two of his surveillance cameras and moved to Glenwood Springs. Damaso Mendoza attacked the man with a gun at the Glenwood address, and threatened the man about stealing from him, the man told police.Damaso Mendoza ordered the man to get into a car with Georgieff and Wade Pierce, according to the affidavit.The affidavit states that Damaso Mendoza told the man that he has going to take him to Rifle and “torture him for a couple of days,” while he occasionally hit him on the head with a handgun. The alleged victim told police Georgieff also encouraged Damaso Mendoza to hit him more, the affidavit says.The man escaped from the car at a gas station near New Castle and Rifle Police stopped the suspected vehicle in Rifle, the affidavit says. Officers said they found glass pipes, a Titan .25-caliber handgun in the car, plus three types of prescription painkillers on Georgieff. Police said Damaso Mendoza had also been accused of stealing the alleged victim’s wallet, which wasn’t located.Pierce was cited with possession of drug paraphernalia but was determined to be driving the car only because Damaso Mendoza had the gun, the affidavit says.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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