Pair charged in kidnap, battery |

Pair charged in kidnap, battery

Staff Reports

A romantic entanglement played out Tuesday near the Douglas County Public Library in Minden when a 54-year-old man reportedly kidnapped his girlfriend’s husband and she was charged with kicking the 66-year-old victim as he sat on the curb.

James Kent was charged with first-degree kidnapping, a Class A felony, and jailed on $100,000 bail, later reduced to $10,000 bondable.

Caroline Kathleen Mattox, 49, was charged with battery that constitutes domestic violence. She is set for a hearing Dec. 9 and was ordered to stay away from the victim.

According to reports, deputies were dispatched to Library Lane at 11:34 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a “rolling” domestic.

Witnesses said two men were in a white Chevrolet truck and the younger man was punching and pushing the victim.

As deputies separated the two, Mattox reportedly arrived on the scene, kicked the victim on his left leg as he sat on the curb before she was detained.

The victim said he and Mattox are legally married, but she has been in a relationship with Kent. He said Kent and Mattox believe he stole items from a storage unit he shares with his wife in Carson City.

The man said when he left the library on Tuesday, Kent’s truck was blocking his vehicle. When he approached the truck, Kent reportedly threw him to the ground and said he was taking the victim to see Mattox.

The victim said he refused to go, and Kent allegedly grabbed him by the back of the neck and forced him into the truck.

He said Kent started to back the truck out of the parking lot, detaining the victim by his shirt.

The victim got the passenger side window down and stuck both feet out trying to wriggle his way to freedom.

Kent stopped the truck, according to reports, and the victim shed his shirt and escaped out the window.

The man said he walked to the parking lot and Kent reportedly caught up with him, pushing and punching him.

By this time, personnel from the East Fork Fire & Paramedic Districts and library were on the scene and separated the two.

Witnesses verified the victim’s account.

The victim refused medical treatment.

East Fork Justice Jim EnEarl told Kent on Wednesday if he bailed out of jail, he was on residential confinement and could have no contact with the victim.

He set a hearing for Monday to determine whether to modify Kent’s terms of confinement to allow him to drive to work.

Kent also is set for a hearing Dec. 16 on the charge.