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Handyman forced to work, Calif. police say

MORGAN HILL, Calif. - A Northern California man and woman are accused of luring a handyman to a home, beating him and holding him against his will for about six hours while they forced him to fix a dishwasher and other appliances under threat of his life.

Jason DeJesus, 36, and Chanelle Troedson, 33, were charged with false imprisonment and other felony counts Thursday, authorities said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Jose Cardoza said the attack followed a dispute between the handyman and a relative of DeJesus' over payment for work he'd done at the relative's house.

The suspects lured the handyman to the home in the San Francisco Bay area city of Morgan Hill on Monday morning on the promise of receiving the money he was owed, as well as doing other work. Instead, the handyman was immediately assaulted, Cardoza said.

The suspects threatened and punched the handyman, and made him repair appliances over the next roughly six hours, according to Cardoza. They then forced him into his truck, telling him they were taking him to the relative's home.

The handyman managed to escape and call authorities during a stop for gas.


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