KINGSTON — A man charged with attempting to kidnap and rob a woman on the levee in Kingston apologized to the victim minutes after he was arraigned Wednesday morning.
“I’m sorry, … I never want to hurt anyone,” a somber Jarrett Bidding, 22, said after being arrested by Kingston police. “I hope she can forgive me one day.”
Police allege Bidding was drinking a soda and sitting on a bench on the levee along Church Street on May 9 when he suddenly attacked a woman in her 30s from behind. Bidding dragged her down the levee toward a wooded area along the Susquehanna River and threatened to kill her with a knife that he pulled out, police said.
Police said the woman suffered lacerations on her arm during the alleged attack.
Bidding was arraigned by District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston on charges of criminal attempt to commit kidnapping, robbery, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint and terroristic threats. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail.
During the court proceeding, Bidding said he served jail time in Georgia for a robbery conviction and fled the Peach State without informing his parole officer. He is serving eight years probation.
Records from the Georgia Department of Corrections say Bidding was sentenced to 10 years in prison in December 2012 but served only one year, being released on Dec. 17, 2013.
Kingston police Detective Stephen Gibson said a bus ticket dated March 21 was found with Bidding’s belongings.
Bidding fled Georgia to stay with his sister in the Hilltop Apartments in Edwardsville, but Gibson said he was kicked out after one day.
Gibson said Bidding slept in a tent along the river and possibly in woods near Nottingham Street in Plymouth.
Court records show Bidding’s parents, Anthony and Andrea Bidding, were each sentenced in July 2010, to 20 to 40 years in state prison for the October 2005 beating death of Peter Lach, 73, in Edwardsville.
“Based upon my thoughts, I have mental problems,” Bidding said after his arraignment. “I never got the proper help in prison. I didn’t get no help whatsoever.”
Bidding said he fled Georgia because he was homeless and his sister agreed to allow him to stay with her.
Police said Bidding admitted to attacking the woman on the levee. He allegedly told police he was tanning on the bench, watching people walking and running. When he saw the woman pass him, he became angry and attacked her, intending to rob her, according to the criminal complaint.
It’s not the first time Bidding allegedly attacked a woman.
Plymouth police arrested him in August 2010 when he assaulted a woman carrying packages into a residence on East Main Street three months earlier, according to court records.
He was sentenced in November 2010 to nine to 18 months in the county prison for criminal attempt to commit robbery and one year probation for simple assault. An arrest warrant was issued for Bidding in 2012 when he failed to appear for a court proceeding, court records show.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 28 before Roberts.