BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – The man accused of kidnapping and tying up his ex-girlfriend for an extended period of time pleaded not guilty in Saratoga County Court on Friday, telling NEWS10 ABC he has a different version of events.
28-year-old Ryan Place was indicted Wednesday on multiple charges including kidnapping, assault and grand larceny. According to District Attorney Jim Murphy, Place allegedly convinced a woman he had a prior relationship with to meet him at a wooded area along Brown Road in Saratoga where he then tied her up and held her captive for hours.
The woman was able to get away after she convinced Place she would be in a relationship with him again.
Place was on parole at the time, and police were able to locate him a short time later due to an ankle bracelet he was wearing from a prior conviction of Attempted Burglary and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in which he was sentenced to 7.5 years to 11 years in prison. Prior to sentencing, Murphy says he fled to Texas in order to avoid prosecution.
Place is also a registered level two sex offender in New York stemming from a second-degree rape conviction involving a violent crime against a 14-year-old female in 2004.
Despite the charges against him and his criminal history, Place is maintains he is innocent.
"I challenge the media to get my spin on things. I have first-hand statements that have been spun on the news," he told NEWS10.
Place's father, James Place, was in court Friday and walked out in disbelief, saying his son's former girlfriend is twisting
the whole story.
stories don't add up and she's changed them so many times," he said.
Place has been charged with a total of 11 counts including Kidnapping 2nd, Attempted Kidnapping 2nd, Assault 2nd, Assault 3rd, Grand Larceny 4th, two charges of Petit Larceny, Attempted Assault, Harassment 2nd, and two charges of Aggravated Harassment.
He was remanded to the Saratoga County Jail on an increased $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond along with an order of protection barring him from contact with the victim.
The judge adjourned the case for 45 days for both the prosecution and defense to make motions. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison.
Local News <a href="http://www.wten.com/category/173731/-local-news">More>></a>Local NewsMore>>
TROY, N.Y. – A local church is giving a gun away in a raffle, and a politician has received threats for participating in the event. Grace Baptist Church in Troy will be giving a gun away in a raffle onMore >>
A local church is giving a gun away in a raffle, and a politician has received threats for participating in the event.More >>
SOUTH GLENS FALLS N.Y. – The 37TH Annual South High Marathon Dance kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. in the South Glens Falls High School gym. The Marathon Dance has been around for decades, starting with onlyMore >>
The 37th annual South High Marathon Dance kicked-off Friday. More >>
TROY, N.Y. – A fire broke out at the Red Front restaurant in Troy Friday evening. The call for the fire came in just after 6 p.m. The fire started in the attic of the Division Street eatery. The restaurantMore >>
A fire broke out at the Red Front restaurant in Troy Friday evening.More >>
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – A fire broke out at St. Anthony's Church Friday evening. The call for the fire at 331 Seward Place came in around 6:30 p.m. The fire started in the basement and spread upward causingMore >>
A fire broke out at St. Anthony's Church Friday evening.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany Police Department is warning the school community about an e-mail scheme circulating various campuses around the country. The e-mail scheme contains threateningMore >>
The University at Albany Police Department is warning the school community about an e-mail scheme circulating various campuses around the country.More >>
EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – A 19-year-old was arrested and charged Friday for having sexual relations with a minor. An investigation by the East Greenbush Police Department determined Jared Watts had sexualMore >>
A 19-year-old was arrested and charged Friday for having sexual relations with a minor.More >>
JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. – Police arrested a Johnstown man for an August 2013 assault. Ricky Mitchell was arrested and charged with one count of Assault in the Second Degree and one count of Endangering the WelfareMore >>
Police arrested a Johnstown man for an August 2013 assault.More >>
GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. – Police made an arrest for multiple drug charges in Fulton County. Freddie Barksdale was arrested for one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third DegreeMore >>
Police made an arrest for multiple drug charges in Fulton County.More >>
CAROGA, N.Y. – Police made an arrest for burglary in Fulton County. Cori Ostrander was arrested and charged with one count of Burglary for entering the attached garage of the Outlet Restaurant with theMore >>
Police made an arrest for burglary in Fulton County.More >>
JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. – Police arrested and charged a Johnstown man for Grand Larceny. James Anderson was charged with one count of Grand Larceny for allegedly stealing a credit or debit card from a pocketbookMore >>
Police arrested and charged a Johnstown man for Grand Larceny.More >>