Kidnapped man found in Bronx deli basement, police seek employee

Kimberly Dole
September 12, 2019 - 7:29 am



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYPD is looking for a Bronx deli worker in connection to a kidnapping.

Police say that on Wednesday at approximately 2:00 a.m., officers chased two suspects into a deli at 1724 Bussing Avenue in the Wakefield section of the Bronx. 

While the officers were searching the store for the two individuals, 35-year-old store employee Richard Milwood granted them access to the basement area. 

When the officers entered the basement, they discovered a 49-year-old male who stated he had been held against his will for the past three days.

The officers raced to speak to Milwood but discovered he had fled in an unknown direction.

EMS responded to the scene where the victim was discovered, but the victim refused medical attention.

During the investigation, the victim claimed that at approximately 7:30 p.m. on September 7, while in the vicinity of East 234 Street and White Plains Road, he was approached by four individuals who forcibly grabbed him and placed him into a dark colored sedan that was parked in front of the location.

The four men then drove the victim to the deli’s basement where he was bound and beaten in the head and torso officials say. 

Police, however, arrested a neighbor, 49-year-old Orinthia Gifford for her role in the kidnapping.

Gifford's charges include assault, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and harassment.

Authorities describe Milwood as approximately 5'10" tall and 200 lbs. He was last seen wearing all dark clothing.

An investigation is ongoing and police ask anyone with information to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477.

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