Defendant admits kidnapping Kansas City man

A 26-year-old Kentucky man admitted Thursday that he kidnapped a south Kansas City man during a carjacking last year.

Robert C. Caldwell pleaded guilty in federal court in Kansas City to charges of kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, carjacking, using a firearm during a crime of violence and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He will be sentenced June 30.

Two men accosted the 67-year-old victim at gunpoint in January 2015 outside his home in the 12200 block of Prospect Avenue.

They beat and robbed the man and forced him into his van, then began driving to ATMs and stores in an attempt to use his credit and debit cards.

The victim’s hands were tied and he was covered with a blanket as the gunmen drove east on Interstate 70. At one point, one abductor shoved a gun into the victim’s mouth, breaking some of his teeth.

After the abductors parked at a rest stop and fell asleep, the victim freed his hands. He picked up a weight and struck one of the men in the head in an escape attempt. That caused the two to beat him again.

The victim feigned being unconscious. When one of the abductors set his gun on the floorboard as they drove in suburban St. Louis, the victim grabbed it and escaped.

Police arrested two suspects in Kentucky.

The second defendant, De’zahn James Carey, was 17 at the time. He is charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with kidnapping, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and armed criminal action. His case is pending.

Tony Rizzo: 816-234-4435, @trizzkc