2 Brooklyn men arrested for kidnapping

April 19, 2019 - 12:38 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Two Brooklyn men are accused of kidnapping a man who police say helped them run a drivers license scam, after he apparently attempted to get out of the scheme.

According to papers filed in Brooklyn federal court, the victim had helped people cheat on their commercial drivers license exams.

Akmal Narzikulov, 34, and Sherzod Mukumov, 26, were arrested and charged with kidnapping.

Prosecutors say the kidnapping was motivated by an attempt to recover a debt purportedly owed to Narzikulov by the victim.  

The suspects are accused of tasering and then abducting the victim outside an apartment building in Brooklyn on march 28, and demanding five thousand dollars from him.

“As alleged, seeking to collect a debt, Narzikulov and Mukumov, kidnapped the victim off the street in Brooklyn and forced him to open a bank account and give them money,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue.  “Now, this Office and our FBI partners will ensure that these defendants pay their debt to society.”

Prosecutors say he later woke up in a parking garage, stripped, with his hands tied.

According th the report, the suspects had also stolen his green card, bank card, watch and cellphone.

“Narzikulov and Mukumov set out to settle a debt by allegedly kidnapping and assaulting their victim," says FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney. "There’s no place in society for those who handle conflict in this way. Because of their alleged conduct, they will now face serious consequences.” 

The victim later reported the alleged assault to the police.

If convicted of all counts, Narzikulov and Mukumov face a maximum of life imprisonment.   

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