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Personal dispute becomes alleged kidnapping

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2016 | Violent Crimes

Interpersonal anger often escalates into physical abuse or other violent crimes. In a recent case in Luzerne County, a man is now wanted for kidnapping a woman after documented violence between them allegedly escalated into a number of violent crimes.

The man allegedly hid on the rear floor of the woman’s car on the morning of Nov. 8. After she dropped her children at daycare, the man threatened her with a pair of scissors. He ordered the woman to drive to Scranton, and she apparently complied. Scranton police are investigating the woman’s claim that she was forced to commit a sexual act while the man allegedly held her captive.

The woman had obtained a protection-from-abuse order against the man on Oct. 28 after he threatened her with a knife, but he refused to obey the order. According to the woman, the man said that he would leave her alone if she agreed to have sex with him one last time. The man is still at large, and he has been charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, assault and making terroristic threats. He has also been charged with criminal contempt of court for violating the protection-from-abuse order.

The suspect in this case faces very serious criminal charges, but he is nevertheless entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone facing similar charges may benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can provide a useful evaluation of the case, suggested defense strategies and an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea bargain or an outright acquittal.

Source: Scranton Times-Tribune, “Olyphant police seek man charged with kidnapping,” Joseph Kohut, Nov. 11, 2016