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.