Man to Stand Trial for Kidnapping Agent

August 5, 2013

After a judge refused to accept a plea of “no contest,” a homeless man in York, Pa., will now face trial on charges of kidnapping and robbing a real estate agent in May, during which time he allegedly forced her to take money out of an ATM. 

If convicted, Gregory S. Knaub, 37, could face a sentence of 12 to 26 years in state prison, according to the York Dispatch.  

Knaub allegedly arranged to meet a female real estate agent for a showing at a house for sale. As the agent was getting ready to leave after the showing, Knaub allegedly got in her back seat and threatened her with a steak knife, ordering her to drive to the bank and withdraw $20 from the ATM, according to police reports. Soon after, he allegedly leapt from the car. The agent drove to the police station to alert officers. 

Police later found Knaub in a creek, holding his breath as he hid underwater. According to the defense attorney Seamus Dubs, Knaub has said that he doesn’t recall the alleged kidnapping because he was high on bath salts at the time. 

Source: “Judge refuses plea of man accused of kidnapping real-estate agent,” York Dispatch (York, Pa.) (Aug. 2, 2013)

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