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Pair allegedly kidnapped handyman; forced him to repair household appliances

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KPIX) — Authorities say a California handyman was threatened, beaten and forced to do repair work for several hours earlier this week.

Authorities said the ordeal started Monday morning at a home in San Jose’s Morgan Hill and ended at a gas station after the handyman made a run for it and called 911 while the alleged kidnappers were nervously shopping for snacks.

The ordeal lasted nearly seven hours inside the home in Caldwell Court.

Authorities say the handyman was first lured to the home. Once he arrived he was allegedly beaten and forced to do repair work on household appliances.

According to the sheriff’s office, those threats and assaults came from 36-year-old Jason DeJesus and 33-year-old Chanelle Troedson, who live at the home.

Authorities say what brought the handyman to the home was a dispute over work he’d done for a relative of one of the suspects.

The two suspects are accused of forcing him to drive to the Chevron station around 5:30 p.m. on the way to finish work on the other home.

Left alone at a pump, the handyman bolted from his truck as the accused kidnappers were inside shopping for snacks.

The handyman had called 911 from Eric Hedrick’s nearby home. He said the handyman had blood on the side of his face.

Even though authorities say there was no gun or knife involved, the suspects were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and false imprisonment.

The suspects are in the Santa Clara County jail.

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