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Deputies: Man kidnapped Duke employee at gunpoint

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James Harter (Source: Greenwood Co. Sheriff's Office) James Harter (Source: Greenwood Co. Sheriff's Office)
NINETY SIX, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A man from Ninety Six is accused of kidnapping an electrical worker who was working on his house, deputies said.

James Harter, 74, was charged with kidnapping, unlawfully carrying a pistol, and pointing and presenting a firearm at a person, according to Greenwood County Deputies.

On Thursday, a Duke Energy employee was working on a meter at Harter's house, when Harter confronted him, the deputies report said.

The Duke employee said he was replacing old wires that could be a fire hazard.

When the worker came down from his ladder, Harter began shaking a gun at him while saying, "I'm not mad yet."

Harter was under the impression that the changes to the meter would alter the rate he was paying per month for electricity, the report said.

Harter then refused to let the worker leave, the report said.

When deputies arrived Harter was holding a Colt 357 with a paper bag wrapped around it so tight that the bag took the shape of the gun, deputies said.

Deputies said when they searched Harter they also found a loaded .22 Magnum pistol in his pants pocket. Harter told deputies that he did not have a concealed weapon permit.

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