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Posted on Sun, Jan 3, 2010 : 6:33 p.m.

Hearing delayed in Ann Arbor kidnapping, assault case

By Art Aisner

The preliminary hearing for an Ann Arbor man charged with tying up a teenager and stabbing another man in what police called a bizarre incident was postponed last week.

Jerome Jopila Powell, 33, has completed competency testing at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in York Township, but the report is not yet complete, court records show. His formal competency hearing and subsequent preliminary hearing were rescheduled for Jan. 20.

Powell was charged in August with unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, car theft, domestic violence and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Authorities allege he used a knife to slash a roommate’s face after the 40-year-old man unexpectedly returned to their residence in the 600 block of West Summit Street on Aug. 23. Powell then fled in a van.

Officers found a 17-year-old boy in the basement with his hands and legs bound, reports said. Police said the teen and Powell know each other, and Powell lured him to the house, although the motive for tying him up remains unclear.

Powell was arrested in the Toledo area about two weeks later. He remains in custody on $250,000 bond.