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Somerset Man Accused Of Kidnapping

August 22nd, 2014 by WCBC Radio

 The Cumberland Times News reports a Somerset man is accused of kidnapping an 82-year-old woman at gunpoint and taking her to area ATM machines to withdraw cash.

William A. Thompson II, 26, of Marie Avenue, was jailed on a number of charges in lieu of $500,000 bond.



Thompson also is the prime suspect in a similar holdup attempt on another 82-year-old borough resident that occurred just hours earlier, borough police said Thursday.

Police Chief Randy Cox said Thompson was spotted on bank security footage forcing a North Rosina Avenue woman to withdraw money from her account Wednesday.

A search of his residence uncovered a silver BB gun as well as the sweatshirt, gloves and bandana the robber was wearing at the time, Sgt. Richard Appel wrote in a criminal complaint.

Thompson robbed the woman of $320 in cash, including $20 he took from her home after entering through a basement window, Cox said.

Thompson held the woman at gunpoint for more than 90 minutes as he forced her to drive him to the ATMs, Cox said.

Appel said Thompson admitted to kidnapping and robbing the woman in an interview with police.

Thompson was charged with felony counts of kidnapping, burglary and robbery as well as several misdemeanors, including unlawful restraint.

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