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Handyman kidnapped, forced to do home repairs, say Calif. cops

36-year-old Jason DeJesus and 33-year-old Chanelle Troedson are accused of holding a handyman hostage inside their Morgan Hill home on December 3, 2012. Santa Clara County Sheriff

(CBS) Apparently there's more than one way to get the kitchen faucet fixed.

Police arrested a California couple on Monday after they allegedly held a handyman hostage and forced him to do home repairs, CBS San Francisco reports.

Investigators said the 50-year-old handyman was lured to the 4,600 square foot home south of San Jose Monday morning where 36-year-old Jason DeJesus and 33-year-old Chanelle Troedson beat and threatened to kill him, forcing him to fix several items in the house over a six-hour span. The repairs included a dishwasher and a broken door.

"The victim was pretty terrified. He was pretty shaken up and scared by this whole incident," said Sgt. Jose Cardoza of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office."

Cardoza said the handyman had done work for DeJesus' mother two months ago, which wasn't to her liking.

"There was a dispute over services rendered, the victim wasn't paid entirely," Cardoza said Tuesday. "That kind of boiled over into what occurred last night."

Authorities said the suspects forced the victim into his truck later Monday evening, where he was told that they were traveling to a relative's house to perform additional repairs. When they pulled over at a gas station to pay for gas and snacks, the victim escaped. The suspects were arrested shortly after.

DeJesus and Troedson face several felony charges including false imprisonment, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats and conspiracy.

  • Crimesider Staff

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