Kidnapping and robbery charges dismissed by court

WARREN – A municipal court judge on Thursday dismissed kidnapping and aggravated robbery charges against two men after the victim admitted to lying about some of the details.

During a preliminary hearing, Warren Municipal Court Judge Thomas Gysegem dismissed the case without prejudice, meaning charges can be re-filed.

William J. Hollis, 29, who is in the U.S. Army, told police he was on his way home from Virginia Jan. 20 and had just turned onto Adrian Drive S.E. from North Road S.E. in Howland around 6 p.m. when two men on the side of the road flagged him to stop.

Hollis told police he rolled his window down to see what they wanted and was pulled from car and held at gunpoint. Hollis said the men told him to get into the passenger seat of his car and ultimately forced him to withdraw money from two ATMs in Niles, where he withdrew $120 from one machine and $400 from the other. He told police the gunmen repeatedly threatened to kill him and told him they would “set him up.”

They then headed to the Huntington ATM on Main Avenue S.W., where Hollis said he was able to jump out of the car when the the gunmen were arguing over the ATM machine and went to the nearby Burger King for help.

Howland police said they identified Daniel D. Boone Jr., 24, of Risher Road, Leavittsburg, and Juan D. Jordan, 23, of Union Street S.W., Warren, through an ATM photo. They were each charged with kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

However, Hollis later said the kidnapping actually started at a motel on U.S. Route 422.