Lacey man pleads not guilty to kidnapping police informant, threatening her

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Lacey man charged with kidnapping and threatening a county Task Force informant has pleaded not guilty.

The Olympian reports that Frank Knoblock Jr. entered his pleas on Tuesday to first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, felony harassment and intimidating a witness.

The four charges stem from an April incident.

Thurston County detectives began investigating Knoblock after an informant said he kidnapped and assaulted her during a controlled drug buy.

She said Knoblock held a handgun to her head while he and a female suspect questioned her about an attempted controlled buy earlier in the month.

The informant said Knoblock warned that if she was a snitch, there would be a bullet with her name on it.

The female suspect then drove the informant to a grocery store near her home.

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