JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown man faces kidnapping and weapons charges following his arrest by city police.
Jamestown Police say on or about Saturday, March 12, a male victim reported that he was held against his will for a period of time at 11 Norwood Ave.
During his confinement, the victim claimed he was allegedly mentally and verbally abused by 39 year-old Mark Diers, Jr., who reportedly lived at the address. Diers is also accused of using a firearm during the incident and threatening to use it against the victim.
During the investigation a search warrant was executed at 11 Norwood Ave., at which time police reportedly found illegal weapons, drug paraphernalia, and unsanitary/deplorable living conditions. Also found within the residence was several animals, some of which were illegal to possess.
Subsequent to the search the residence was condemned by the Jamestown Department of Development and the illegal animals were seized by NYS Environmental Conservation.
Diers was charged with: Kidnapping 2nd, Menacing 2nd, Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia 2nd, Reckless Endangerment 1st, Criminal Use of a Firearm 1st, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd (2cts),Criminal Possession of a Weapon 2nd and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (2cts).
The subject was taken into custody without incident and brought to the city jail pending arraignment. The investigation is continuing with further charges possible.