Suspects arrested in bizarre deliveryman kidnapping scheme

October 03, 2018 - 7:18 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A minor car accident in Brooklyn lead to the abduction of a delivery driver and a demand for ransom Tuesday afternoon.

Police explained that a deliveryman accidentally struck a vehicle in Bushwick at around noon. The other driver demanded cash for the accident but the victim said he’d have to call his boss.

The deliveryman’s boss told the driver to avoid using cash and advised him to go through the insurance company, according to 20th Precinct Cmdr. Capt. Timothy Malin.

At that point, the two suspects from the vehicle took out a gun and abducted the victim. They called the driver’s boss and demanded money saying something to the effect of, “If you want your van back, and you want your delivery driver back, you’re going to have to pay us,” according to Malin.

The victim’s boss engaged with the suspects, leading them on and telling them to meet him at 73rd Street and Broadway on the Upper West Side.

The suspect put the 32-year-old victim into the backseat of their BMW and drove to Manhattan while the victim’s boss informed police of the situation.

Police met the two suspects at the rendezvous, apprehending one as the other took off.

The 24-year-old suspect drove a short distance before crashing into a building and fleeing on foot. According to Malin, he ran through a school and then went up eight stories on the fire escape, where he was finally caught by the officers.

No one was injured in the incident.

Police then searched the BMW and found a .25-caliber handgun and small quantities of heroin and cocaine.

The suspects were not the registered owners of the BMW, and it is not known if they had a right to be in it, police said.

Francisco Jimenez, 24, and Rondell Halley, 33, were both arrested and charged with kidnapping, criminal possession of controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of narcotics.