According to officials, the 27-year-old suspect used a knife to force men and women into his car on multiple occasions. He then allegedly kidnapped them and demanded that they withdraw money from their bank accounts.
The first kidnapping incident allegedly occurred in February. Police said that the suspect approached a woman in the parking lot of Blink Fitness at the Bergen Town Center. The suspect allegedly forced his way into her motor vehicle and made her drive to an ATM to withdraw cash.
The nightmare incident reportedly concluded when the suspect ordered the victim to drive to a Pathmark grocery store in Elmwood Park and buy him $70 worth of Red Bull drinks.
The suspect allegedly committed another violent crime in August at the Westfield Garden State Plaza parking garage. The suspect reportedly walked up to a man in the underground parking garage and forced his way into the victim’s car. The victim drove to Paterson NJ, where the suspect allegedly stole the victim’s phone and wallet.
Yet another kidnapping reportedly occurred in September at the Garden State Plaza parking lot. The suspect allegedly got into the victim’s car and pulled a knife on the driver. The suspect allegedly made the victim drive to multiple ATMs and withdraw cash.
Clifton police officers investigated the most recent kidnapping incident and eventually located the suspect in Botany Village. The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with three counts of kidnapping and robbery, in addition to weapons offenses.
If the suspect is convicted on the most serious charges of kidnapping, he would be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:13-1, kidnapping can be classified as a first degree felony. A conviction on kidnapping charges carries a potential penalty of 15-30 years in NJ State Prison.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail in lieu of a massive $500,000 bail amount.
For additional information about this case, see the NorthJersey.com article entitled “Police: Clifton Man Kidnapped Victims from Paramus Malls for Money and Red Bull.”