Wagswoofs – Two men are facing charges in connection with the armed kidnapping of a New Jersey resident last month, according to federal authorities.
- 27-year-old Julio Cesar Paniagua is facing one count of kidnapping. On Thursday, he appeared in Newark federal court and was detained.
- 33-year-old Joel Ramon Garcia is also facing one count of kidnapping. He was arrested on November 20th and was also ordered held.
Court records show that on November 15, Paniagua and Garcia abducted the unnamed victim in Paterson. They then drove the victim to Massachusetts and held her hostage until they were paid.
Paniagua and Garcia were both armed with firearms during the kidnapping, according to officials.
Shortly after the kidnapping, the kidnappers contacted the victim’s father and threatened that the victim’s fingers would be cut off if the ransom was not paid.
The victim was eventually released by the kidnappers on November 17th.
If found guilty, both individuals could potentially receive a life sentence in prison along with a hefty $250,000 fine.
The case received valuable assistance from various law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Paterson, Clifton, and Cedar Grove Police Departments, Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, and Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger expressed his gratitude towards these organizations.
All individuals should be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, as charges are merely accusations.