Local man faces kidnapping, assault charges following September arrest
A mid-September incident in Granby involving multiple individuals ended with one man in custody facing a slew of serious charges including kidnapping.
On Sept. 16 shortly before 10 p.m. an officer from the Granby Police Department was dispatched to an address on Agate Avenue in downtown Granby after a local citizen called authorities to report he was assaulted earlier in the evening. According to an affidavit for arrest related to the case the reporting party informed police that Grand County resident Jorge Varela had assaulted himself and another individual that evening.
According to the victims in the case the incident began on Sept. 16 with Varela allegedly kicking in the front door of the victim’s residence. At the time a female individual was at the home. The female victim told authorities that Varela obtained a knife from the residence’s kitchen area and then held the knife to her throat. The female victim further alleged that Varela forced her, at knifepoint, into a separate room in the residence and would not allow her to leave or make a phone call.
The female victim in the incident told authorities that Varela left her alone after a vehicle pulled up to the residence. Varela then allegedly waited for the male victim in the case to enter the residence. The female victim told investigators that Varela stood behind the front door of the residence with a knife raised above his head.
According to the affidavit when the male victim opened the front door of the residence and moved to enter the home the female victim yelled a warning. The male victim then backed out of the home while Varela followed. The reporting parties claimed to investigators that Varela swung the knife at the male individual, but missed. The victims alleged that Varela then punched the male party in the face. Both victims told authorities that Varela left the area after punching the male individual.
Varela was taken into custody the following day, Sept. 17. The affidavit lists a series of charges including second degree kidnapping, attempted second degree assault, first degree burglary, menacing, third degree assault and criminal mischief.
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