Morgan Hill Kidnapping, Forced Labor For Handyman

Handyman escapes captors as they stop for gas

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    A 28-year-old woman was killed in a head-on collision on Route 9 South in Newington on Saturday morning. State police said she was driving the wrong way on the highway.

    Two Morgan Hill residents are in police custody after allegedly kidnapping a handyman as part of a "months-old dispute over home appliance repair," according to reports.

    Jason DeJesus, 36, and Chanelle Troedson, 33, were charged with false imprisonment, kidnapping, assault, criminal threats and conspiracy for allegedly forcing a 50-year old handyman to do work for free as part of a dispute over a prior project, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

    The victim was lured to a home in Morgan Hill where the pair "attacked him," the newspaper reported. The handyman was then taken to a second location, where the couple demanded he do work under threat of death, police said.

    The handyman and his captors then left for a third location, but when the pair were at a San Jose gas station grabbing snacks, he fled and contacted police, the newspaper reported.