A reporter who was held hostage when two Indian activists took over a Lumberton newspaper has sued one of the gunmen for more than $20,000 in damages.
Mike Mangiameli, a former reporter with The Robesonian, Wednesday filed suit against Eddie Hatcher in Robeson County seeking $10,000 in actual damages and more than $10,000 in punitive damages.Hatcher is awaiting trial on 14 counts of kidnapping stemming from the Feb. 1, 1988, takeover of the newspaper, where up to 20 hostages were held for 10 hours. Timothy Jacobs has pleaded guilty to kidnapping charges and is serving a six-year prison sentence.
Both men were acquitted by a federal jury on hostage-taking and firearms charges before the state kidnapping charges were filed.
Mangiameli, who now writes for a weekly newspaper in Lumberton, says in his suit that the takeover ``caused great emotional stress' that directly led to his resignation from The Robesonian.
Mangiameli, who is acting as his own lawyer, asks the court to attach all funds Hatcher raises through books, speeches, screenplays or other activities related to the takeover. He also wants the court to attach any funds raised on Hatcher's behalf by outside groups.