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Man accused of holding girl, 2, at knifepoint

A 22-year-old man is accused of holding a 2-year-old girl at knifepoint during a confrontation with tribal police on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

Samuel G. Laverdure appeared in U.S. District Court in Spokane on Thursday, where he’s charged with kidnapping after investigators say he held a girl hostage after police were invited inside his trailer regarding a domestic dispute on May 10.

Laverdure first gave a false name, but when police confronted him about an arrested warrant he pulled a knife and grabbed a 2-year-old girl.

Police shocked him with a Taser after he charged at an officer with the girl, according to an affidavit.

Laverdure already is a convicted felon, including conviction in 2005 for assault and obstructing a law enforcement officer. He’s in custody at the Spoakne County Jail.


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