Kent State safety Nate Holley held for alleged kidnapping

Nate Holley, Kent State senior, waits his arraignment at the Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna. Holley was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of first degree felony kidnapping. His bond is set at $50,000 accompanied by a court-mandated GPS device.

Henry Palattella

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Kent State senior safety Nate Holley was arrested Friday afternoon on the alleged charges of first-degree felony kidnapping.

The incident—which took place Thursday afternoon—involved an unnamed female Kent State student.

The Portage County Municipal Court defines kidnapping as “did by force, threat, or deception… restrain another of her liberty, which creates a risk of serious physical harm to the victim.”

“We are aware of the situation and take this matter very seriously,” University spokesman Eric Mansfield said in a statement. “He has been suspended from the team indefinitely.”

The state initially wanted Holley to have a $100,000 bond, but Portage Municipal Court Judge Barbara Oswick lowered it to $50,000, citing Holley’s strong community ties, his academic achievements in school and the fact that this was his first run-in with the law.

Holley will have to wear a court-mandated GPS device until his court date this Thursday. He can not have any contact with the alleged victim from here on out.

Members of Holley’s family showed up to court, including his twin brother Nick Holley who is the Flashes’ starting quarterback.

Holley leads the Mid-American Conference with 111 total tackles, and he currently averages 8.9 solo tackles per game.

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