A man accused of holding an employee at a Strongsville wine bar at knifepoint and demanding cash Aug. 29 has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
Dennis Klocek, 49, of Parma, was indicted on one count of kidnapping and one count of aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies, for the incident at La Chateau.
At an arraignment Wednesday, Klocek entered not guilty pleas. He remains in jail on $100,000 bond.
Authorities say he went into the wine bar, 12287 Pearl Rd., about 5 p.m. and confronted the only employee, a 58-year-old woman.
He held the knife to the woman's throat and demanded money.
She handed over about $325, including some cash from her purse. The robber then forced her to wait in a restroom while he fled.
The woman waited a few minutes, then ran to nearby Neverending Child to call the police.
Officers searched the area and found the suspect walking on Woodside Court near Fallingwater Road with the money in his possession.
Police say Klocek has a criminal history, including aggravated burglary, carrying a concealed weapon, breaking and entering and gross sexual imposition. He is a Tier 1 sex offender.