Killeen police charged a 24-year-old man with aggravated kidnapping for allegedly holding a man hostage for four days at an apartment.
Cody Allen Sedgwick is being held at Bell County Jail in lieu of $100,000 in connection with the alleged kidnapping of another man. Sedgwick could face up to life in prison if convicted of the charge.
Police learned of a possible hostage situation on Thursday.
An officer responding to the 1300 block of Stage Coach Road spotted a vehicle with no license plates. The officer then found the name of the owner of the residence where the car was parked and contacted her.
The woman let the officer inside her home, where the officer saw Sedgwick in a bedroom with his hand under a mattress, according to an arrest affidavit.
The officer asked another man in the apartment to come outside of the home and speak with him.
The man told the officer that he had been held in the apartment against his will for four days. He said Sedgwick had taken the keys to his car and threatened to shoot the man to death or blow up his car if the man attempted to leave, the affidavit stated.
The female resident told police the alleged victim had been allowed to move about the apartment, but that Sedgwick had threatened to kill him if he tried to leave, the affidavit stated.
Police also found a substance believed to be methamphetamine at the home.
Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Sedgwick Saturday. Cooke also arraigned the following:
Tharon Desmond Morris, 19, on charges of harassment of a public servant, assault causing bodily injury and criminal mischief. Morris’ bail was set at $107,000.
Thomas Wayne Jackson Jr., 47, on a charge of robbery. Jackson’s bail was set at $100,000.
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