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Iowa bartender charged with threatening youth

ELKADER, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa bartender is charged with threatening and trying to hold captive a teenager who was helping sheriff's deputies conduct an alcohol compliance check.

KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids reports that 33-year-old Timothy Finley allegedly threatened the volunteer with a pipe and ordered her to go the basement of Fennelly's Irish Pub on Friday, after she tried to buy a six-pack of beer.

Clayton County Chief Deputy Ryan Johnson says Finley, the tavern's manager, checked the youth's identification and told her he suspected she was part of a "sting." He then allegedly told the volunteer to go into the bar's basement and threatened to hurt her.

Finley was arrested on suspicion of second-degree harassment, false imprisonment, and kidnapping. He has since been released from a county jail.

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