A Waldwick New Jersey man reached a deal with federal prosecutors and pleaded guilty to criminal charges for kidnapping a cab driver in Paterson, NJ.
The suspect, a 21-year-old male from Waldwick in Bergen County, was allegedly one of several men who committed an armed robbery at a Hawthorne NJ tavern on Christmas Day and later kidnapped a taxi driver in Paterson, New Jersey.
After snatching the victim and forcing him to get into the backseat of the cab, the Waldwick NJ suspect reportedly hit him in the head with a beer bottle. The suspects also allegedly used a knife to cut the driver’s throat and then threw him out of the cab somewhere in NY.
Police later identified and arrested the alleged kidnappers.
Now the Waldwick suspect is probably headed to a federal prison after he reached a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and pleaded guilty to charges for kidnapping, armed robbery, and carjacking.
The suspect will make an appearance in U.S. District Court in August 2017 so that a federal judge can sign off on his plea deal.
For further information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Man Pleads Guilty to Christmas Day Robbery, Kidnapping Taxi Driver.”