Accused kidnappers caught

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2008 at 11:01 pm

Monday, July 14, 2008
Last updated: Monday July 14, 2008, EDT 5:03 PM

Local police arrested two Allendale men accused of kidnapping, robbing and assaulting an acquaintance from Ridgewood.
The 41-year-old man victim was found injured on the side of a road in Harriman State Park in Rockland County, N.Y. yesterday. New York State Park Police said he told them he’d been assaulted by acquaintances who broke into his apartment., said Ridgewood Detective William Hemmer.
The intruders got in through a window after climbing a fire escape, police said.
The man told police they pulled him from his bed, took cash and then led him down the stairs and out into the parking lot. They then forced him into a car, drove him a remote area of the park and led him to a wooded section where he was beaten and threatened, he said.
Several departments combined to investigate the case — among them, Ridgewood Police, New York State Park Police, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department and Allendale Police.
After interviewing him, detectives obtained arrest warrants for Cullen Schlesiona, 31, and Matthew Staudt, 24, and then arrested them last night at an apartment they share.
Schlesiona and Staudt are being held on $500,000 cash bail each at the Bergen County Jail, charged with kidnapping, robbery, burglary, terroristic threats and criminal restraint.
The alleged victim was treated at a Rockland County hospital for minor injuries to his face and arms and released, police said.
An investigation is continuing and additional charges could follow, police said.

  1. I heard this happned on Sunday and they had the guys later in the day. Very scary that this kind thing can happen in our town. Now this is an example of quick and coordinated action on the part of police and several others to get these low lifes off the street. At least some one in charge was on the ball for a change and got the job done. Nice job to all involved.

  2. Great job again by the Ridgewood police. Proves that they’re not just driving around town talking on cell phones, as some deluded people around here claim.

  3. Do we deduct from the law enforcement people involved, that the 2 accused are from Allendale?

  4. As always, when it counts, the RPD responded efficiently and appropriately. Good work!

  5. The RPD is one of the few government institutions which runs properly.

    Thanks Chief Corcoran for your great leadership.

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