Man held on $1 million bail after allegedly taking frog and man hostage, making terroristic threats

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — A man who sheriff’s deputies say held a frog hostage in early August allegedly had another captive during the incident — a man.

The suspect was placed in emergency protective custody after the incident. Upon his release from the hospital Monday, he was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, theft by unlawful taking and making terroristic threats. He remains in jail on $1 million bail.

According to the arrest affidavit, the suspect wrecked a vehicle, then repeatedly threatened a man who stopped to check on him. The suspect ordered the man to drive him to the hospital, saying he “was a Russian hit man and he could crush (the driver’s) thoughts in seconds,” the affidavit says.

The man dialed 911, but the suspect grabbed the phone and twice threatened 911 dispatchers, authorities say.

According to the affidavit, the driver reached speeds of more than 100 mph on his way toward North Platte. As the car sped along, the suspect opened his window and stood up with his torso out, the affidavit says. The driver considered pushing the suspect out the window, deputies wrote, but decided against it.

A sheriff’s sergeant eventually pulled the vehicle over.

During the traffic stop, the suspect picked up a frog and held it out to the responding deputy. He then pulled it back and yelled that he was holding the frog hostage. He also threatened the deputy and threw paper and trash at a North Platte police officer who arrived to assist, deputies wrote.

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