CHEYENNE, Wyoming, – Police say they arrested a 37-year old man after it was alleged that he kidnapped a person who he claimed had owed him money.
Timothy Zacharias made his initial appearance in Laramie County Court on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020, to hear the felony charge of Kidnapping read to him by Judge Lee, according to court documents.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, officers with the Cheyenne Police Department were dispatched to the Blue Federal Credit Union inside of the Safeway on South Greeley Highway on July 24th, 2020, to assist the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department in an investigation into a reported kidnapping.
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Police say that they made contact with an individual who alleged that they had taken against their will from their vehicle earlier that day by a group of unknown people.
Two of the suspects placed the accuser in a white pickup truck, which was described as having “lots of stuff in the back of it”, according to the affidavit. The accuser advised authorities they recalled that the rear driver’s side door of the white truck was inoperable.
The alleged victim told police that a male, drove the truck, while they were placed in the back seat with a female suspect, whose identity currently remains unknown.
According to court documents, the driver of the truck, was described as being called “Tim” and had scruffy facial hair and was wearing a green hat, blue bandanna and a black t-shirt.
The driver was later identified as Zacharias.
While in the truck, the accuser alleged that the female suspect tazed them several in the arms and legs while the vehicle was in motion. They also reported to law enforcement that the suspect punched and slapped them in the head and face during the alleged kidnapping.
According to the accuser, Zacharias drove them to two different Blue Federal Credit Unions and forced them to try and pull money out of their bank account. The alleged victim advised police that they were unable to complete the transactions each time they tried.
Court papers go on to say that Zacharias then drove the accuser over to the Blue Federal Credit Union located inside of the Safeway on South Greeley Highway. Once there the alleged victim says they convinced Zacharias to let them go inside to obtain money from inside of the bank.
The accuser told police they believed the female suspect was inside Safeway using the restroom at the time.
The accuser stated to police that when they walked into the store, they got in line to wait while Zacharias walked around the store near them. Once the accuser got to the teller, they informed an employee that they needed help and that is when the police were called, according to the affidavit.
Authorities say that surveillance video from Safeway was later viewed, and it was determined that a male walked into the store with the accuser. The male was wearing clothing similar to what the alleged victim had described to the police.
Investigators say that a history of the accuser’s credit card was obtained that showed repeated transactions were attempted in various amounts. The attempted transactions were made to “The Right Cut Construction Company”, according to authorities.
“The Right Cut Construction Company, which was listed through the Better Business Bureau as being owned by Timothy Zacharias,” police stated in the affidavit.
A search within police databases showed that the description given by the accuser matched the physical characteristics of Zacharias.
On July 25th, 2020, officers with the Cheyenne Police Department placed Zacharias under arrest for outstanding warrants in his name, court documents say.
During a search of his vehicle, which was described as a 1992 white and brown Ford truck, law enforcement reports they located a Venmo card with the accuser’s name on it inside, According to police, Zacharias’ truck also had a number of items piled in the bed of the pickup and the rear driver’s side door did not open, as described by the alleged victim.
The affidavit says that during an interview with police, Zacharias stated that the accuser had owed him $250.00. He told authorities that he and the other suspects wanted to talk or “maybe scare” the alleged victim about the money they claimed they were owed.
Zacharias was unable to provide names of the other suspects who were alleged to have helped hold the accuser against their will.
Zacharias said that he saw other suspects assaulting the accuser during the day. He stated this was happening because the accuser owed them money and was going to “be made an example of.”
According to the affidavit, Zacharias told authorities that he had attempted to use the accuser’s credit card to make transactions through his business, which he confirmed was “The Right Cut Construction.”
He went on to say that he wanted to use his truck so he could have some “control” over the situation. Court papers report that Zacharias told police that he never meant for the accuser to get hurt, and only wanted the money he was owed.
If convicted on the felony Kidnapping charge Zacharias could face up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to 10k.
Zacharias has a preliminary court date is scheduled for August 5th, 2020 and his bond was set for 50k.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Laramie County District Attorney’s Office.