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CROWN POINT — A Gary man was charged Saturday with seven felony counts alleging he kidnapped his landlord at gunpoint, took the man to a gas station to withdraw money and pistol whipped him before fleeing with $35.

Tremell J. Rozier, 35, was arrested by Gary police Friday after they spotted his car in the area of Matthews Street and Fifth Avenue, Lake Criminal Court records say.

Hours earlier, police responded after Rozier's landlord told police Rozier forced the landlord into a blue Mercury sedan at gunpoint during an argument at a car wash in the 4900 block of West Fifth Avenue, records allege.

The landlord told police Rozier drove him to a gas station in the 1100 block of Clark Road and demanded he use an ATM to withdraw $650 in rent Rozier previously paid and $1,500 for work done on a residence.

The landlord asked a gas station clerk to call 911 as he pretended to withdraw the money, according to records.

Rozier became angry and struck the landlord in the head with a gun, records say. The landlord told police Rozier took $35 and the keys to his business.

Police later stopped a gray Cadillac Rozier was driving and found a gun, two jars of marijuana and the keys to the landlord's business, according to records.

Rozier faces charges of three felony counts of robbery, two counts of kidnapping, one count of battery, one count of criminal confinement and misdemeanor counts of carrying a firearm without a license and possession of marijuana.

A magistrate entered not guilty pleas on behalf of Rozier during an initial hearing Monday in Lake Criminal Court. 

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