Man Charged in Maryland Heights Kidnapping, Stabbing and Attempted Robbery
The victim had been stabbed, stuffed in a trunk and was being taken to St. Louis to collect some money before he escaped, police said.
Joshua J. Bivens, 26, of the 5000 block of Maffitt Avenue in St. Louis, was charged Thursday with two counts of felonious restraint, two counts of armed criminal action, first-degree attempted robbery and first-degree assault.
In court documents, Maryland Heights Police said Bivens used a handgun to force himself into a house in the 11400 block of Pine View Crossing Drive. Once inside, he put duct tape over the eyes of a man and his girlfriend and bound them with zip ties, according to court documents.
The victim told police that two other men entered the home and they looked for cash, but after 20 minutes they found no cash they expected to find in the home. Maryland Heights Police said they believed the men knew the victim, according to a St. Louis Post Dispatch article.
Bivens demanded to know the cash's location, stabbed the man in the shoulder and left arm and struck him in the face with the handgun, police said in the report. The victim told him the money was in the city of St. Louis. At one point, the woman was able to escape and leave the house.
The men forced the victim into the trunk of his own car and began driving into the city. The victim escaped from the trunk a few blocks away, police said.
Police said the victim later identified Bivens.