Man jailed for tying up 2 Bradenton women at knifepoint

jdeleon@bradenton.comAugust 22, 2013 


BRADENTON -- A 30-year-old man remains in a Sarasota County jail on charges he bound two women in their Bradenton apartment, threatened them with a knife, then stole their money and one of their cars, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

Brian Keith Kirsch was arrested by Sarasota police late Tuesday after Bradenton police issued an alert for the stolen vehicle. He appeared before a Sarasota County judge Wednesday afternoon, ordered to remain in jail without bond and transferred to Manatee County jail.

Kirsch reportedly arrived at a home in the 2900 block of 26th Street West at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to eat and shower, according to police. He knew the women and was frequently their guest.

Shortly after, he went outside to make a phone call. When he returned he appeared agitated, according to the victims, who were watching television in the living room.

Police report Kirsch walked up the women and bound their hands and feet using clear wrapping tape. The women told police he was waving a knife around but never used it.

Kirsch allegedly ordered one of the women into a bedroom and onto the bed. He demanded money from her, and then went back to the living room where he dumped the second woman's purse on the ground, taking her car keys, according to police.

Kirsch left the apartment taking their cell phones and the house phone so they could not call the police, he later reportedly told police.

The women called police with help from a neighbor.

Police sent out a bulletin with the description of the vehicle. BPD Deputy Chief Warren Merriman said it helped they knew his name and where he was staying in Sarasota.

About an hour later, Sarasota Police Department notified Bradenton police the car and Kirsch had been located.

In an interview following his arrest, Kirsch allegedly admitted to tying the women up and taking their money and the car. He reportedly told police he had "just snapped" after calling a friend who did not answer.

Kirsch allegedly told police his actions were driven by cocaine addiction and he had intended to use the car and money to buy drugs.

Kirsch faces multiple charges, including armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, motor vehicle theft, battery on a person over 65, battery and false imprisonment.

He will be appear before a Manatee County judge after he is transferred to the Manatee County jail. Transport could take a couple days.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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