An Oak Ridge man was charged with kidnapping after he allegedly refused to let his divorcing wife leave his home Sunday evening, authorities said.
Jeffrey Dean Wollenslegel, 28, allegedly took his wife’s keys when she was leaving his Wade Lane home, put them in her purse in a closet, and then moved a couch in front of the closet door, according to arrest warrants filed in Anderson County General Sessions Court. Wollenslegel then allegedly stood in front of the woman, “not allowing her to leave the residence,” Oak Ridge Police Department Officer Ben Higgins said in the warrants.
When the woman tried to leave, Wollenslegel allegedly put his arms around her waist and picked her up, the warrants said. The woman was holding their 10-month-old child in her arms, “exposing the child and mother to substantial risk of bodily harm,” Higgins wrote.
The woman told Higgins that she and Wollenslegel are married but are getting divorced. She went to visit Wollenslegel at his Wade Lane home so he could see their child, the woman said.
Wollenslegel has been charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of domestic assault. He remained jailed in the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton on Tuesday morning. His bond has been set at $75,000, and he has a court appearance scheduled for 1 p.m. April 23.