Hearing set for man accused of kidnapping
MONTROSE — A Sept. 8 preliminary hearing was set for a Montrose man who faces multiple charges, including kidnapping, following a bizarre early-morning encounter last month.
Andrew Williams Jr., 28, is free on a $60,000 bond following a July 6 incident in which he allegedly forced a man of ethnic descent into a car and made repeated death threats to him over a two-hour period.
Williams has been charged with second-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, felony menacing and impersonating a police officer.
Williams’ attorney, Michael Reagor, asked Judge Jerry Montgomery on Tuesday to rule on a pair of motions to return personal property and to suppress evidence, which he claims was part of an improper seizure of the items during a police search last month.
Assistant District Attorney Jason Wilson said the victim filed a no-contact restraining order against Williams.
“Safety of the victim is paramount in this case,” Wilson said.
Montgomery agreed and told Williams the victim lives in a Montrose hotel and advised Williams if he ever came into contact with the victim to “turn around and leave.”
“Mr. Williams you stay away from (the motel),” Montgomery said.
Part of the protection order prevents Williams from possessing firearms. Williams is an employee of a Montrose private-security firm that provides security for large events in Montrose, including the weekly Main in Motion festival.
In an arrest affidavit the alleged victim said Williams brandished a gun and badge and threatened to kill him after forcing him at gunpoint into a car near the rear entrance of a Montrose bar.
The victim told investigators Williams drove to a secluded area away from town, forced him out of the car and made the victim kneel in a praying position, “like he was praying like a Muslim,” the affidavit said.
The victim told investigators the assault went on for two hours, and during this time he was struck in the forehead with what he though was the butt of the gun.
The affidavit said the victim was forced back into the car and driven downtown and released at the intersection of Main Street and Cascade Avenue.
The victim told investigators Williams told him to get out of the car and said, “If you tell anyone … I will kill your children.”