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Criminal defense: Man charged in New York with kidnapping

A man from an adjoining state has been charged with kidnapping after he allegedly abducted a woman and brought her across state lines. New York police apprehended the man, as well as a female state resident, who has also been accused of holding a woman against her will. No official court date has been announced at this time, but it seems likely that both defendants are working with criminal defense representation ahead of any court appearance.

New York State Police say they responded to a concerned call about a woman being held against her will in New Lebanon. Police arrived at the noted residence on the afternoon of July 27 and interviewed the alleged victim. She apparently told police that she had been abducted in an adjacent state by the man, who threatened her with a gun, and was subsequently taken across state lines where she was held by both him and a 28-year-old woman.

The accused pair were not at the residence at the time of the police visit, but they were arrested shortly after police arrived on the scene. They are both being held without bail and were due to be arraigned on July 31. Both individuals have been charged with second-degree kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment. The man also faces firearm charges pertaining to his alleged gun use.

Kidnapping cases can be notoriously difficult to prosecute, as they require proof the individual was taken against their will. As this case heads to court, the burden will be on New York prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that both the man and the woman are guilty of kidnapping the alleged victim. Criminal defense representation will closely review the facts of the case to determine if any inconsistencies exist in the police report of the situation and to prepare a defense focused on achieving the best possible resolution of the charges.

Source: masslive.com, "Pittsfield man arrested in New York, charged with kidnapping woman, threatening her with gun", Patrick Johnson, July 28, 2017

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