Kidnapping suspect requests public defender

Posted: Sunday, May 09, 2010

JUNEAU - A man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a 20-year-old Juneau woman in a trailer home says he had $1,000 cash on him at the time of his arrest.

At his arraignment Friday, 33-year-old Jayson Steven Dennis said it was the only money he had. He requested a public defender. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 17 at 11 a.m.

Dennis missed his original arraignment Thursday due to illness. He was arrested Wednesday.

The kidnapping charge was based on the woman reporting she was kept against her will on Sunday for what police estimate was one to four hours.

Kidnapping is in Alaska's most serious class of crimes and carries a penalty of up to 99 years in prison.

Dennis' bail was set at $100,000. He was arrested on assault charges five times between 1996 and 2006, and once for resisting arrest in 1997.

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