Manatee judge sets bond at $2.48 million for man charged with tying up 2 women at knife point

jdeleon@bradenton.comAugust 24, 2013 


BRADENTON -- A Manatee County judge set bond for a man charged with tying up two women at knifepoint and robbing them of their money and one their cars.

Judge Gilbert Smith set bonds on Friday totaling $2.48 million for Brain Keith Kirsch.

Kirsch waived his right to appear in court. He is facing 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.

Additionally, Smith ordered supervised release if Kirsch is able to post bail, the order includes the conditions that he may not consume alcohol or drugs, must submit to random urine testing and a curfew from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. He is also not permitted to have any contact with the victims, Smith said.

The State Attorney's Office had requested that no bond be set on the kidnapping charge since it is punishable by life in prison and because the implication of guilt was great. Alternatively, the severity of the allegations also prompted requests for high a bond. The Public Defender, however, disagreed with the presumption of guilt being great and requested that bond be set for all the charges.

According to the police report:

The alleged kidnapping and assault occurred around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, when Kirsch reportedly arrived at a home that he frequently visited in the 2900 block of 26th Street West.

After making an unanswered phone call outside, Kirsch came back in the house and seemed to be agitated. He tied up the two women using clear masking tape. He forced one onto the bed in the bedroom and then went into the living room and dumped the other woman's purse on the floor, taking her keys. Kirsch then left in the car with the money.

Kirsch was arrested in Sarasota just an hour after police sent out a bulletin with the description of

the vehicle.

In an interview following his arrest, police say, Kirsch admitted to the crimes and said he did it to get drugs because he has a cocaine addiction.

Kirsh has a criminal history that include charges of possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, grand theft and burglary.

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

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