Beaver County man allegedly held girlfriend, baby captive
A Beaver County man will stand trial for allegedly holding his girlfriend and her baby captive in their Springdale Township residence.
Richard Joseph Heinold Jr., 24, of 306 Tank Farm Road, Independence Township near Aliquippa, was returned to the Allegheny County jail in lieu of $500,000 bond pending trial after his preliminary hearing Monday.
Heinold is charged with unlawful restraint, simple assault, false imprisonment, terroristic threats and harassment.
Kadie Snyder, 20, of Spring Street, Springdale Township, testified that she met Heinold on a computer dating site in December.
“We talked night and day for about a month before he moved in with me the end of January,” she testified.
“He moved in with me because we were boyfriend-girlfriend,” Snyder testified. “His parents brought him. He brought food. That was great because there wasn't any food in the house,” she testified.
“Everything was OK for the first couple of days. Then everything changed,” Snyder said.
It was about Jan. 28, said Snyder, when Heinold took her cellphone, deleted all contacts and photos, and wouldn't allow her to freely talk to anyone — even when her parents visited.
Snyder testified Heinold wouldn't allow her to eat for four days so she could take part in fasting, a concept she said she knows nothing about, and he only allowed her 15-month-old son to eat once a day.
Snyder said she was terrified because Heinold threatened to “knock the walls down” on them if she talked to anyone. Snyder was the only witness at Heinold's preliminary hearing. He entered a not guilty plea and remained silent throughout the hearing.
Asked if Heinold was in the courtroom, Snyder physically shook as she pointed to a handcuffed and shackled Heinold who was sitting in Cheswick District Judge David Sosovicka's courtroom.
“He said I was possessed by Satan and he whacked me. He'd cracked me in my face with a slipper often and he hit me in my eye,” Snyder testified, pointing to her left eye.
Snyder testified that Heinold ranted at her while quoting Bible verses and he often talked about Bible prophecy. “He kept calling me ‘Satan's whore' and ‘the whore who cried wolf,' ” she testified.
Snyder said Heinold also abused her baby.
“He hit my son with pieces of a wicker basket on his legs and butt,” she testified.
Snyder testified Heinold wouldn't allow her to go out, not even to get baby food.
Snyder testified that he limited how often she could hold the baby and wouldn't allow the child to sleep in bed with her.
When Heinold left the house on Jan. 30, Snyder called her father, who immediately called police.
On Jan. 31 at night court, District Judge James A. Motznik ordered Heinold held in lieu of $500,000 bond, court records show.
Public defender Keith E. Donnelly argued Monday that the alleged injuries were minor and that Snyder didn't need medical treatment. He doubted that she was held captive.
“Why not say something when her parents visited?” he asked. Donnelly called the half-million dollar bond “quite absurd” and asked Sosovicka to reduce it. “The Stockholm Syndrome explains it. She was terrified. It was a mind control thing,” countered Assistant District Attorney Robert J. Heister Jr., arguing against a bond reduction. Sosovicka held all charges to court and kept the bond at $500,000 pending trial.
Donnelly said a bond reduction hearing will be requested at county court.
Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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