James Enden Pipes, 47, of Franklin, allegedly broke into a Boonville home on Saturday night and tried to kidnap a man at knifepoint.
A Franklin man is facing felony charges after he allegedly broke into a Boonville man’s home, stole his phone and attempted to kidnap him at knifepoint on Saturday night.
James Enden Pipes, 47, is held in the Cooper County Detention Center on felony charges of burglary, unlawful use of weapon, first-degree kidnapping and armed criminal action, as well as misdemeanor stealing.
Pipes allegedly broke into a home in Boonville approximately 9 p.m. Saturday, according to a probable cause statement filed by Boonville Police Department Patrolman Charles Lusby. A resident told police that he woke up and saw Pipes standing over his bed, holding a knife and demanding he get dressed, Lusby wrote.
Pipes allegedly made the man walk up the street, asking him for whom he was working and to whom he’d been talking. The man told police he did not know what Pipes meant, Lusby wrote.
The alleged hostage managed to escape into the house and lock the door after his roommate drove up and distracted Pipes. He reportedly couldn’t find his phone, so he used his roommate’s to call police after he also came inside.
Police found Pipes off of Morgan Street at around 11 p.m. He denied possessing the phone and knife, but police found the phone and two knives in his jacket pocket, Lusby wrote. Pipes told police he had no idea where he got the phone, according to the statement.
A Boone County jury found Pipes guilty of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in 1995, according to court records. He was sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison. He pled guilty to two counts of assaulting corrections officers in 2002. For each charge, he was sentenced to five years concurrent to what he was already serving in prison.
The Daily News reached out to Pipes' parole officer and the Department of Corrections to find out when Pipes was released from prison, but neither answered before Friday.