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Authorities say man killed in Northland shooting was trying to kidnap someone

Updated: 2013-09-10T00:23:11Z

A man killed during a Northland scuffle had forced his way into a home and tried to kidnap an occupant, according to court records filed Monday.

Instead, Joe Laudenbach, 36, died Sunday after one of the residents wrestled a gun away from him, and the gun fired five or six times as they struggled, court records say. Laudenbach was found dead about 1 p.m. in the driveway of the home in the 9400 block of North Kenwood Avenue.

Clay County prosecutors accused a 28-year-old woman of participating in the attempted kidnapping. They charged Tessa L. Franco of Dearborn in Platte County on Monday with second-degree murder because a killing happened during the crime. She also faces charges of attempted kidnapping and two counts of armed criminal action.

According to court records, Franco went to the home with Laudenbach and two other men but soon left with one of the men. Laudenbach and the other man forced their way into the home, where Laudenbach told an occupant at gunpoint: “You’re going with me.”

As the second intruder took another occupant downstairs and bound his hands with zip ties, the fight broke out between Laudenbach and the person he was trying to kidnap. The attempted kidnapping victim suffered a knee wound during the fight over the gun.

Police said they had received previous complaints about suspicious activity at the home.

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