63 District Court

Rockford man faces charges on alleged abduction

October 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

by RANDY R. COTTON A preliminary hearing in the case of People vs. Andrew Chezlek took place Wednesday, Sept. 30 in the 63rd District Court of Rockford before Judge Steven Servaas. The 22-year-old Rockford resident was initially charged and arraigned on charges of kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, criminal sexual conduct in the second degree and felony arms charges after he allegedly tied up and assaulted his “on again, off again” girlfriend at the home of his parents in Rockford. Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Monica Jeneske informed the court during the hearing that she was planning to drop the charges of kidnapping and transfer the case to the circuit court in Grand Rapids on several charges including possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and criminal sexual conduct. She also argued that she would add to the list possession of methadone and cocaine and unlawful imprisonment. During the initial phase of the hearing, there was debate over the issue of sequestration when Jeneske argued that she would like to ask some of the potential witnesses who were seated in the courtroom. Both sides finally approached the bench and agreed to have witnesses leave. The 23-year-old Grand Rapids woman who was the victim in this crime was called to the witness stand and was subject to four hours of testimony by both the prosecution and defense. She initially stated, “I am a 23-year-old student and I met him at Grand Rapids Community College when Andrew and I had a class together.” She also testified that Chezlek and she “were in a sexual and romantic relationship since 2007.” Continuing her testimony, she said they both “used drugs together, including methadone and heroin” and that they “broke up in May of 2008.” Following their separation, she said that they continued to have occasional contact by phone and text message while Chezlek was out of the country. The victim testified, “[On Thursday, Sept. 3] I was planning to get together with the defendant and was going to hang out and watch a movie at his house.” She said she had been out drinking that night and showed up at the defendant’s home after midnight. According to her testimony, when she arrived at the Chezlek home, the defendant’s mother […]