Kidnapper Who Posed as Cop Faces Four Felonies
by Beverly Corbell
Aug 21, 2011 | 1248 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MONTROSE — A Montrose man facing second-degree kidnapping and other charges will have his day in court at a preliminary hearing on Sept. 8 at 9 a.m.

Andrew Williams, 26, is accused of posing as a police officer and forcing a newcomer to Montrose into his car on July 7, after both men left a downtown bar.

According to the arrest affidavit, Williams followed the victim as he left the Suds ‘N Grub, and offered him a ride. When the victim declined, Williams allegedly grabbed his arm and hit him in the head, then showed him a gun and forced him into the car.

He allegedly then drove the victim, a native of India who has lived in Montrose for less than a year, to a secluded area where he made him get out of the car and kneel to pray as Muslims do, then kicked him while screaming and cursing.

The victim said Williams then pressed a gun to the back of his head and repeatedly told him, mock-execution style, that he was going to be killed.

Williams is free on $60,000 bond. He currently faces charges of second degree kidnapping and second degree assault, both class 3 felonies; felony menacing, a class 5 felony; and impersonating a police officer, a class 6 felony.

Williams’ home (an apartment upstairs from where his parents live), his car and his parents’ home have all been searched by police. Terry O’Malley, Williams’ attorney, has filed a petition with the court to have his client’s computer and camera equipment returned and not entered into evidence at a future trial.

Williams' court date will be a preliminary hearing, said Montrose Clerk of Court Jodi Hanson, where the judge hears testimony from both sides to see if charges will be filed. If they are, the case will go on to district court. If not, the judge will make some other determination, Hanson said. She added the petition to suppress evidence will probably not be ruled on before the preliminary hearing.
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