- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming man has been charged with kidnapping after police say he took an office worker hostage with a box cutter-type knife.

Casper police say the 35-year-old homeless man entered an office building Friday morning and held a 51-year-old man hostage at knifepoint for nearly four hours. According to court documents, the hostage-taker wanted files that he believed the government was keeping about him.

He is also charged with aggravated assault and possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent.

The defendant told the judge he has a mental illness but did not elaborate. Prosecutors say he also has a lengthy criminal record.

The victim was not seriously harmed.


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