Not guilty pleas entered in kidnapping, assault case

Not guilty pleas entered in kidnapping, assault case

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Bismarck man will stand trial in July after pleading not guilty Thursday to charges of kidnapping a woman at knifepoint and assaulting her.

Carlos Mendez Jr., 32, was charged in March with felony kidnapping, burglary and three other counts, including violating a protection order.

The woman told police she returned to her home to find Mendez there holding a knife.

Court documents say Mendez threatened to kill her if she didn’t listen to him, then made her drive him to another residence and struck her several times as they drove.

The Bismarck Tribune reports Mendez pleaded not guilty to the charges at his Thursday preliminary hearing. South Central District Judge Thomas Schneider scheduled a trial to start July 15.

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