2 arrested on suspicion of kidnapping; victim allegedly threatened with hammer, torch

photo by: Chris Conde/ Journal-World

The Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center is pictured in September 2018.

Two Lawrence men were arrested this week on suspicion of kidnapping and other crimes, including allegedly assaulting a man with a hammer and a torch last fall.

Jason V. Spaniol, 41, and Sean P. McCawley, 42, were booked Thursday into the Douglas County Jail, where both were held on $75,000 bond, according to jail records. They were scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court Friday afternoon, according to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

McCawley was charged Wednesday with two felony counts of kidnapping and one felony count of criminal threat, plus one misdemeanor count of criminal deprivation of property. According to the complaint, on Nov. 4, 2018, McCawley took or confined the victim with the intent of hurting or terrorizing him, encouraged another person to participate in the kidnapping, threatened to commit violence against the victim and deprived him of his phone.

A complaint filed Wednesday against Spaniol in connection with the same incident charges him with kidnapping, criminal threat and aggravated assault, all felonies. Specifically, Spaniol assaulted the victim with a hammer and a butane torch, the complaint alleges.

McCawley was arrested at his home. Spaniol was already in jail on other charges when he was booked on the new ones, jail and court records indicate.

The alleged victim in the case also is in jail, having been in custody on a felony charge himself since November 2018, according to court and jail records.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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