Two indicted in kidnapping
WARREN – Two men, who saw kidnapping and robbery charges against them dismissed last week by a municipal court judge, were indicted Thursday by a Trumbull County grand jury that reviewed the same case.
Named in the special grand jury report were 24-year-old Daniel D. Boone Jr. of Addison Drive in Brookfield and 23-year-old Juan D. Jordan of Roberts Avenue N.W. in Warren.
Each were indicted on the same felony level charges of kidnapping and robbery they faced in Warren Municipal Court in connection to an allegation that they forced a local soldier to two automated teller machines and made him withdraw $520.
Judge Thomas Gysegem dismissed similar charges against the two on Feb. 6 after the victim, William J. Hollis, 29, said he lied about portions of the story he had told police investigators.
Hollis originally told Howland detectives the men confronted him at a Howland intersection. He later said the pair confronted him at a Niles motel.
Gysegem dismissed the charges without prejudice, which means the charges can be re-filed.
Assistant county prosecutor Chris Becker said Howland police approached him to review the case after the dismissal, and he presented it to the grand jury.
At some point, Hollis said the men told him to get into the passenger seat of his car Jan. 20 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 an ATM at Huntington Bank on Main Avenue S.W., where Hollis said he was able to get out of the car while the men argued. Hollis ran to a Burger King across the street.