Handyman kidnapped, forced to do repairs

    8:50 AM, Dec 5, 2012   |    comments
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    MORGAN HILL, CA (CBS/KPIX) - Detectives say a Morgan Hill mansion was the scene of a full day of punches, death threats, kidnapping, and home repair.

    Sgt. Jose Cardoza with the Santa Clara Co. Sheriff's Office says, "He was assaulted, threatened with his life, and then forced to do work at the house."

    Investigators say Monday morning, a handyman was lure into the sprawling five bedroom, 4,600 square foot home complete with a pool, beach volleyball and tennis courts.
    For the next six hours, detectives say Jason de Jesus and Chanelle Troedson, beat the handyman, threatened to kill him, and, get this, made him fix the dishwasher, a broken door, and several other odd jobs. Cardoza says, "The victim was pretty terrified. He was pretty shaken and scared by the whole incident. What he did tell investigators is that he was doing what he was being told, waiting for the opportunity to escape."

    By nightfall, all three got into the victim's truck and headed to the suspect's mother's house, for more repairs. They pulled over at a gas station, the suspects went in to pay for gas and snacks, and told the victim to stay put.

    He escaped, and police arrested the suspects as they pulled out. Cardoza says, "You know, it's unknown what was going through their heads. Why they did what they did and what they were planning to do."

    Whoever was at the Morgan Hill house didn't want to talk. As for the motive, investigators say the handyman had done work for De Jesus' mother two months ago. Cardoza says, "The work wasn't done to the likes of the suspect's relatives at the time, and on top of that there was dispute over services rendered, the victim wasn't paid entirely. That kind of boiled over into what occurred last night."

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