David Nazari-Cohen

David Nazari-Cohen, 33, appears via video Wednesday in Gallatin County Justice Court.

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Bail was set at $250,000 Wednesday for a Bozeman man accused of punching a woman’s car window, getting into the car and forcing her to drive while threatening to kill her.

David Nazari-Cohen, 33, is charged with felony aggravated kidnapping. Nazari-Cohen appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court before Judge Rick West.

If convicted, he could face up to 100 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.

Around 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, a Bozeman officer responded to a report of a man breaking a woman’s car passenger window on Hanley Avenue, getting inside the car and leaving, according to charging documents.

About 20 minutes later, police said in charging documents, Nazari-Cohen returned to the area but immediately turned down a side street when he saw the officer. The officer stopped him at Ferguson Avenue and Babcock Street, and the woman jumped out of the car.

Police said Nazari-Cohen had blood on his pants, he was bleeding from a cut on his hand and there was glass strewn inside the car. The officer handcuffed and put Nazari-Cohen into the back of his patrol car.

The woman told the officer that Nazari-Cohen punched her car window, unlocked the door, got inside and began yelling and threatening her, police said. The woman said he then ordered her to drive.

While driving to a secluded area, the woman said Nazari-Cohen was telling her he was going to have to kill or kidnap her and claimed he had a gun. She said he also grabbed her violently by her hair, pushed her face into the side of the car and punched her three or four times.

When parked, police said, the woman got out of the car after Nazari-Cohen threatened to knock her out. Once she was out, he threatened again to knock her out if she didn’t get back in the car.

When she got back in, she sat in the passenger seat and Nazari-Cohen drove. The woman said he was driving her back to Hanley Avenue to get duct tape to kidnap her.

Nazari-Cohen told the officer that the woman locked her keys in her car and asked him to help retrieve them, police said. That’s why he punched the window, he said.

The officer then arrested and took Nazari-Cohen to the Gallatin County jail.

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Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.

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