Prosecutors added robbery by force and fear charges Thursday against a Muskogee businessman and one of his employees already accused of kidnapping and assault.

Alex F. Reynolds, 42, operator and part owner of Max’s Garage, a local bar and restaurant, and employee Walter Puckett III, 27, were bound over for trial Thursday on the earlier felonies.

Former Max’s Garage employee Edwin Jay Hesslen, 24, the man who accused Reynolds and Puckett of “hammering” him isn’t faring any better.

Hesslen was charged with three unrelated drug felonies Wednesday in Muskogee County District Court. He also has been charged with two Arkansas felonies since August — possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and theft by receiving stolen property.

Prosecutors here also filed a motion Wednesday to revoke Hesslen’s five-year deferred sentence on a 2007 guilty plea to second-degree burglary.

That burglary involved stealing computers from Connors State College, court records show.

Puckett was ordered held without bond Thursday. His revocation hearing is set for April 9.

Reynolds and Puckett were charged with kidnapping Hesslen in August. Hesslen accused them of hitting him in the head with a hammer, forcing him into his vehicle and driving him to Max’s Garage. Reynolds then called police and told them he’d made a citizen’s arrest.

Reynolds alleged Hesslen had stolen $10,000 from the bar earlier that week.

The new charge against Puckett and Reynolds accuses them of stealing a cell phone and other items from Hesslen’s vehicle the night they drove him to the bar, prosecutors said.

Hesslen testified this week that he fired a shotgun that blew a hole in a couch before he was hit him with a hammer in the August melee.

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