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Gazette Premium Content Kidnapping allegations land man in jail

By Andrea Sinclair Published: May 21, 2013

Colorado Springs police said a man is in jail Tuesday after he allegedly took an acquaintance hostage at gunpoint.

Scott Nickel, 53, was arrested on suspicion of first degree kidnapping Monday night after a call from a man who told Colorado Springs police that Nickel had taken him against his will from Parkridge Apartments, located at 2602 E. Serendipity Circle.

Elvin Harper, 27, told responding officers Nickel forced him to drive to his apartment at the Kingsborough Apartments and apologize to Nickel's girlfriend for sending her vulgar text messages, police said. Harper also claimed Nickel demanded payback for money Harper owed him within 12 hours, threatening him with a shotgun.

After the ordeal, Nickel allegedly released Harper around 11 p.m., when police received the call.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Nickel, as well as search warrants of his apartment and vehicle. During the execution of the warrants, police said they recovered the shotgun used during the alleged kidnapping.

The arresting officer's affidavit stated Harper confirmed he owed Nickel $500 for a ring they exchanged, as well illegal prescription drugs Nickel supplied for Harper.

Police said they found previous text message conversations between the two men detailing the sale of prescription narcotics and the money owed to Nickel.

Harper was not harmed, police said.

Nickel was held at the El Paso County jail Tuesday on a $50,000 bond, court records showed.

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