Kidnapping charges dropped against McAlester man

McALESTER, OK. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped kidnapping and assault charges against a McAlester man after the alleged victim failed to appear in court.

The McAlester News-Capital reports that 28-year-old Taner Maxey had been charged with kidnapping and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Prosecutors accused of him holding a man hostage in his home by holding a three-foot sword to the man's neck and hitting him in the head with a nail bar.

The alleged victim told police that he'd been drinking with Maxey when Maxey allegedly pulled the sword on him and told him he couldn't leave.

This week, charges were dropped because the alleged victim didn't show up in court. Maxey was released from the Pittsburg County jail, where he'd been held on a $200,000 bond since December.

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