$70,000 bail set for Lacey kidnapping suspect

A Thurston County judge set bail at $70,000 for Frank K. Knoblock Jr., a Lacey man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a Thurston County Narcotics Task Force informant.

Knoblock was arrested Wednesday and booked in the Thurston County Jail. He appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor on Thursday.

Tabor found probable cause for three proposed charges: first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault and felony harassment.

Thurston County Deputy Prosecutor Mark Thompson said Knoblock has a criminal history including nine felony convictions and 20 misdemeanor convictions.

Thurston County Narcotics Task Force detectives began investigating the suspect after a confidential informant reported that she had been kidnapped and assaulted by Knoblock during a controlled methamphetamine buy, according to court documents. The informant said she had climbed into a car with Knoblock and a female suspect in an attempt to buy methamphetamine, and they drove off with her inside. They took her to a house.

The informant reported that Knoblock held a handgun to her head while Knoblock and a female suspect questioned her about an attempted controlled buy earlier in the month. Knoblock told the informant that if he found out she was a snitch, there would be a bullet with her name on it.

The female suspect then drove the informant to a grocery store near her home, according to court documents.