The man at the center of a Belton kidnapping case appeared in a Flagstaff, Arizona courtroom on Friday.
Prosecutors are considering Marshall Pendergrass as a flight risk. He is accused of taking a 12-year old boy and a 14-year-old girl from their home and driving them to Arizona against their will.
According to FBI documents, the kids say they knew Pendergrass from when they lived in Florida – and that he promised to buy the boy an iPhone when he stopped on his way across the country.
But instead, they say the truck driver took them to Arizona using zip ties and ductape at one point to keep them still. This is when U.S. Marshals arrested him and placed the kids in protective custody.
However, Pendergrass says he never promised anything – that the children ran away and lied to him about having permission to go with him to Nevada.
He also denies tying the kids up – saying they tied each other up for fun.
A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday.
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