Warrant issued for Latrobe man accused of kidnappinwg
An arrest warrant was issued on Monday for a Latrobe man awaiting trial for allegedly kidnapping his former girlfriend and endangering her young son last year.
Cory Wojcik, 23, was ordered to be jailed by Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway for failing to appear in court for a scheduled guilty plea for allegedly kidnapping the late Jasmin Anderson, 27. She died on Feb. 16 after years of battling a heart illness, her obituary said.
Wojcik was released from jail in December on $50,000 bond.
He initially was charged last year in an incident in October in which police said he violently grabbed his girlfriend's 2-year-old son. The boy suffered a bruise that extended from his face to his collarbone, police said.
A month later, police charged Wojcik with kidnapping and assaulting Anderson.
She told police that Wojcik grabbed her around the throat and choked her until she passed out on Thanksgiving Day, according to court records.
Police said Anderson awoke to Wojcik screaming at her before he pushed her against a wall and head-butted her.
Wojcik grabbed Anderson's car keys, took her son, who had been sleeping, and placed him in the car seat of Anderson's vehicle. He then drove away with Anderson and her son in the car, according to police.
While driving, Wojcik punched Anderson in the mouth and head, she told police.
Police said Wojcik drove to his mother's home in Bradenville, and his mother persuaded him to let Anderson and her son go. The pair went to a relative's house and called police.
Defense attorney Amy Keim said in court that Wojcik faced a three-month jail sentence, but the prosecution's case could be in trouble because of Anderson's death.
Assistant District Attorney John Petrush said the prosecution will re-evaluate the case before deciding how to proceed.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.