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Massage Luxe parent company CEO and 3 other suspects in court on kidnapping charge

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Bam Brands CEO Tom Beckman. Credit: KMOV Bam Brands CEO Tom Beckman. Credit: KMOV

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - The president and CEO of Bam Brands, the parent company of Massage Luxe, appeared in court, along with three other suspects for a detention hearing. All four men are facing a single federal charge of kidnapping.

Todd Beckman's attorney, Travis Noble, Jr told News 4, "It's completely out of character for him. Anyone who knows him knows this is not who he is."

In court, all four waived their right to a detention hearing, effectively, agreeing to stay locked up in jail and not requesting a bond which would have given them an opportunity to get out of jail. 

According to court documents, Blake Laubinger and his brother Caleb Laubinger kidnapped a man on November 21 and held him hostage for three days while demanding a $27,000 ransom from his mother in Florida. Beckman and a fourth suspect, Kerry Roades, are accused of participating in the crime after the initial kidnapping.

Court records claim the suspects beat, kicked and shocked the victim as well as threatened to kill him at a house in Pacific, owned by Blake Laubinger.

Sue Long lives next to the house and told News 4, "Well to me he was just a nice clean-cut guy. I never even thought anything like this would happen." 

Another neighbor, Sam Hartmann said he didn't hear or see anything unusual during the time that the victim was allegedly held captive in Laubinger's basement. 

"You know things like that happen in this world today but I didn't expect it from my next door neighbor, no," said Hartmann.

The victim was set free near Gravois Bluffs Shopping Center in Fenton on November 23, according to court records.

The U.S. Attorney's office has said it will seek to have the men indicted by a federal grand jury.


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