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Grass Valley man charged with kidnapping

Matthew Renda and Liz Kellar
Staff Writers

John William Grimes' booking photo from 2013

A 30-year-old Grass Valley man was charged with kidnapping to commit robbery and a bevy of other felony counts after a multiagency surveillance operation ended in his arrest Wednesday night.

John William Grimes allegedly tied up and assaulted a man in the 14000 block of Idaho-Maryland Road at 11:45 p.m. on Monday, according to Nevada County Sheriff's Lt. Alicia Milhous.

The man, who was not identified, and a witness said Grimes assaulted him and tied him up in an attempt to obtain money.

According to Milhous, the victim did know Grimes, but she would not provide any further details of the assault, citing an ongoing investigation.

The man was taken to the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the incident, Milhous said.

A countywide be-on-the-lookout advisory was subsequently issued, and deputies subsequently received a tip that Grimes was holed up at the Holiday Lodge in Grass Valley.

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After coordinating surveillance operations with Grass Valley police officers, Grimes was taken into custody without incident after exiting one of the hotel rooms at about 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Erinlee Thacker, 21, of Grass Valley, was in the room and was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and violating probation after a probation search of the hotel room. She was booked and released on $1,750 bail.

Along with kidnapping to commit robbery, Grimes is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon, second-degree burglary and false imprisonment, as well as violating post-release community supervision.

He was being held without bail.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or 530-477-4239.

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