Jackson County prosecutors have accused a 25-year-old man with with first-degree kidnapping, burglary, assault and armed criminal in conjunction with a Jan. 23 home invasion.
Prosecutors allege Michael Holland draped a plastic bag over the head of the victim, held him at gunpoint and demanded money, jewelry and other valuables.
Prosecutors say police responded to a residence in the 400 block of Kensington Avenue on a reported home invasion.
The victim later gave police this account: He was in bed watching television when someone knocked on the door. He opened the door and two men wearing masks were standing outside. The victim tried to close the door but the men forced their way inside. The men pushed the victim to the bedroom, where he was hit on the side of his head with a bottle.
The victim said he recognized the voice of one of the men as someone he used to work with, who he knew as “Nico.” The victim said Nico, later identified as Holland, accusing him of having his phone, jewelry and $800 when Nico went to jail in July.
Holland, allegedly pulled a bag over the victim’s head and put him into the trunk of car at gunpoint.
Holland and his accomplice forced the victim to sit down and tied his hands behind his back, the victim said, adding that Holland punched him several more times in the face and pointed a gun at him.
Several hours later, Holland allegedly released the victim.
Holland was arrested Tuesday on unrelated criminal charges. He later told investigators that he knew the victim and about the kidnapping. Holland claimed he passed out in a car from drinking. He said he awakened and found the victim seated next to him with a plastic bag over his head, according to court records.
Holland denied going to the victim’s house and said the man owed him for some calculators.