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Federal charges follow kidnapping of jewelry store employee

A violent episode that took place in early April has led to the arrest of one man and a search for two others. Many Pennsylvania readers will recall media coverage of the kidnapping and beating of an employee of National Watch and Diamond Exchange in Philadelphia. The woman was forced into a van by three men and tortured as the men tried to extract information from her about the store's security. Charges have now been filed in the case.

After the woman was taken from her place of employment, she was beaten and assaulted with a taser. The men who attacked the woman appear to have done so under the assumption that she possessed the combination to the store's safe and alarm system. When they were finally convinced that she did not possess those codes, they transported her to an ATM and forced her to withdraw money from her personal account. She was eventually left in a cemetery with a head injury, which she survived.

Police have now arrested a man in connection with the event, and he has been federally charged in the matter. He was located by police a week following the incident in a hotel room several states away. He now faces federal charges for both kidnapping and robbery.

As he prepares to face a federal court in this case, the man accused of this vicious attack will have time to craft a defense strategy. As of the time of this report, the other two suspects in the case have not been identified or charged. Should they be identified and charged, it could play a role in the man's strategy moving forward. The repercussions of a conviction for these charges are dire, making it important for the Pennsylvania man to ensure that he has a solid defense strategy in place.

Source: Roxborough-Manayunk, PA Patch, "Alleged Kidnapper of Jewelry Store Employee Indicted", James Boyle, May 5, 2015

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