Man Apologizes After Attempted Kidnapping Charge

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KINGSTON -- A homeless man who has served time for robbery is again accused of a crime after an attack on a woman in Luzerne County.

It happened last week along the levee in Kingston.

Police say Jarrett Bidding was sitting on a bench on the levee on Friday evening when he attacked a woman as she walked by.

It turns out he was living in the woods behind the levee here and after he was arraigned, he spoke with us and apologized for what he did.

The levee in Kingston is usually a quiet spot filled mostly with runners, bikers, and dog walkers.

But it turned violent on Friday when police say Jarrett Bidding attacked a woman who was walking along the levee around 6 p. m.

Bidding spoke with Newswatch 16 after his arraignment at a magistrate's office in Kingston.

"What was it about this woman that you felt the need to attack her?"

"It was… there was no reason. It was just a person," Bidding said.

Police say Bidding attacked the woman from behind, covered her nose and mouth, dragged her down the levee, and told her he needed her money.

According to court papers, he cut her with a knife and threatened to kill her.

"I'm sorry. I never meant to hurt anyone, and I hope she can forgive me one day," said Bidding.

People who use the area for exercise say they're surprised to know homeless people were living around there.

"My grandchildren and I, when I come walking with them occasionally, they go down there and play and they never said they saw anybody down there," said Jim Ceccoli of Plains Township.

Bidding is charged with attempted kidnapping, robbery, and assault. He's currently on probation in Georgia for a robbery there.

Both of Bidding's parents are locked up in Pennsylvania state prison for the 2005 beating death of a man in Edwardsville.

Bidding admitted to Newswatch 16 he needs help.

"I have mental problems, and I never got the proper help in prison."

Police say this attack was unusual because it was out in the open. They believe Bidding had been living in the woods for several months.

And another unusual thing about this is after his arraignment, Bidding told police he wanted to come out and speak with the media.


  • SICK OF THE TRASH ! Black and White !

    This guy looks like a cross between JOHN DENVER and OLIVER on the Brady Bunch !

  • jellystoneranger

    Nobody deserves to be mugged or violated period ! With that being said , if you are walking alone in any area , you are opening yourself up to assault. Unless you protect yourself , everyone puts themselves in these possible situations. If you think you can be a responsible adult , get a carry permit . Learn to use the gun the right way with the right mindset and be prepared. Your state of awareness is everything ! Don’t walk/run and listen to music. You are not aware of someone sneaking right up on you. Stop being the victim.

  • Jo Ann G.

    Ask him about Sharon Price, Angela Mayo, Gail Dews and Diane Zavislak. No one is piecing the deaths of these women together but it could be he was living in the woods near where they were found.

  • MsM

    Really can’t you keep people like this put away somewhere for good? What if a family goes out hiking in the woods and runs into this clown? I have no pity for the “mentally ill” when they cause harm to others “for no reason because they’re just a person!” He is gonna eventually get hurt because someone WILL rightfully defend themselves!
    “Police say this attack was unusual because it was out in the open.” Not really. In NYC on occasion the mentally ill homeless get very violent! Push people in front of trains, hit tourists in the heads with bricks, and one even stuck a sword for the love of God thru a woman walking her dog. These people should NOT be running and roaming around freely IF there is a PROVEN history of violence. And you wonder why people want to pack?

    • MsM

      Wow, I just why what you said! That’s messed up what his parents did! But he could help HIMSELF by choosing NOT to be like them!
      His apology makes it all ok? ““I’m sorry. I never meant to hurt anyone, and I hope she can forgive me one day,” said Bidding.” This card they always play is BS..they’re mad at the world for one reason or another and try to turn it all around so people feel sorry for them!

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