Columbia Falls man jailed on $500K following kidnapping accusations

A Columbia Falls man was jailed in Missoula following accusations that he held a woman at gunpoint for an extended period of time on Thursday.

Lance A. Gendreau, 33, is charged with one count each of aggravated kidnapping and assault with a weapon, two counts of criminal possession of dangerous drugs and one count of intimidation, all felonies. If convicted of the most serious charge, Gendreau faces a possible maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

At Gendreau’s initial appearance on Friday, Missoula Justice of the Peace Alex Beal ordered bail be set at $500,000.

On Thursday, Missoula 911 got a call about a woman who was allegedly held at gunpoint after one of her friends reportedly stole from the suspect, later identified as Gendreau.

Alex Spiro, the attorney representing the Rust star in his involuntary manslaughter case claimed in a virtual hearing on Thursday that the prop gun responsible for the cinematographer’s death was “destroyed by the state”.

According to an affidavit filed in Missoula County, officers found a car suspected to belong to him. Its license place returned to Gendreau, who was arrested.

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