MORGAN HILL (CBS 5) – Two people who live in a large house in Morgan Hill were arrested on suspicion of holding a workman hostage and forcing him to do repairs.
Investigators said the 50-year-old victim was lured into a house on the 200 block of Caldwell Court Monday morning. The spacious 4,600 square meter house has five bedrooms and is equipped with a pool, a beach volleyball court and a tennis court.
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“He was attacked, his life was threatened, and he was forced to work the house,” Sgt. Jose Cardoza of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office told CBS 5.
Detectives said 36-year-old Jason DeJesus and 33-year-old Chanelle Troedson beat the repairman, threatened to kill him, and forced him to fix several items around the house within six hours. The repairs included a dishwasher and a broken door.
“The victim was pretty scared. He was pretty shaken and scared of this whole incident, ”said Cardoza. “What he told investigators is that he was just trying to do what he was told and waiting for the opportunity to escape.”
On Monday evening, authorities said the suspects had forced the handyman into his truck. As one of the suspects drove, the victim was told they would be traveling to a suspect’s relative’s home in Santa Clara for additional repairs.
They stopped at a gas station on Santa Teresa Blvd. and Cottle Road in South San Jose. The handyman escaped when the suspects left to pay for gasoline and snacks. DeJesus and Troedson were arrested by police shortly afterwards.
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Other people who lived at home declined to be interviewed by CBS 5.
Investigators said the handyman worked for De Jesu’s mother two months ago.
“The work was not being done to relatives of the suspect at the time, and there was also a dispute over services rendered, the victim was not fully paid. That kind of boil over into what happened last night, ”Cardoza said.
DeJesus and Troedson face multiple criminal offenses, including false imprisonment, kidnapping, attack with a lethal weapon, criminal threats, and conspiracy.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Sgt. Julian Quinonez or Detective Sgt. Dave Roberts at the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office at (408) 808-4500. Tips can also be left anonymously at (408) 808-4431.
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