2 arrested after abducted Verizon store manager found in trunk - New York News

2 men arrested after abducted Verizon store manager found in trunk

Posted: Updated:
William Graham and Ronald Jackson William Graham and Ronald Jackson
LORETTO, Minn. (KMSP) -

Two men are in jail and a third is lucky to be home safe after an armed abduction and attempted burglary plot unraveled overnight, but police say the Verizon store manager who was "shoved" into a trunk is traumatized. 

The frightening ordeal began when the 37-year-old victim's wife called police to say her husband had been abducted at gunpoint from their driveway in Loretto, Minn., at about 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday. 

"The dogs started barking and there was a Dodge Charger pulled up right in the middle of our driveway," Chris Hewitt, a neighbor of the victim, told FOX 9 News.

Hewitt heard several car doors slam shut outside his home, but said he had no idea what was happening until his neighbor's wife came running over.

"She didn't think she was seeing her husband again," Hewitt recalled.

The victim's wife told police she heard a scuffle and saw a red car speed away. Between her account and Hewitt's, police had enough to lead them to the suspects' vehicle about a mile away at near Highway 55 and Pioneer Trail.

Once police pulled over the car, the two suspects fled on foot -- but police made another important discovery. 

"The officer heard someone pounding from inside the trunk," Medina Police Chief Edgar Belland said. "The trunk was opened and the victim, a 37-year-old male, was inside."

Police say the suspects had zip-tied the victim's hands, but the man -- identified by neighbors as Javier Velasco -- was not physically harmed.

"Just the shock of being kidnapped in your driveway and thrown in a trunk -- they're traumatized," Belland said.

Investigators believe the abductors were attempting to take the keys from the victim in order to burglarize the Verizon store he manages in Minneapolis after following him home.

After searching the area with K-9 units and the Minnesota State Patrol's helicopter, officers located 29-year-old Ronald Jermain Jackson and 31-year-old William Charles Graham just after midnight. Both were arrested and remain in the Hennepin County Jail.

Both men been convicted of crimes, including theft, multiple times.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • High school football player dies

    High school football player dies

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:12 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:12:05 GMT
    A 16-year-old high school football player from Staten Island is dead after collapsing during practice Monday, officials said. The teen's father says Miles Kirkland-Thomas collapsed Monday morning during practice for Curtis High School. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
    A 16-year-old high school football player from Staten Island is dead after collapsing during practice Monday, officials said. The teen's father says Miles Kirkland-Thomas collapsed Monday morning during practice for Curtis High School. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

  • Bill Clinton to appear in New Haven for fundraiser

    Bill Clinton to appear in New Haven for fundraiser

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:24 AM EDT2014-09-02 10:24:23 GMT
    Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to headline a rally in New Haven to raise money for Democrats running in elections across the country. Clinton is set to appear at the event at the Omni New Haven Hotel on Tuesday. He'll be joined by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, who are seeking re-election in November.
    Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to headline a rally in New Haven to raise money for Democrats running in elections across the country. Clinton is set to appear at the event at the Omni New Haven Hotel on Tuesday. He'll be joined by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, who are seeking re-election in November.

  • G train service restored after Sandy repairs

    G train service restored after Sandy repairs

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:10 AM EDT2014-09-02 10:10:25 GMT
    New York City subway riders are getting back service on the G train between Brooklyn and Queens. The return of service comes as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reopens a tunnel Tuesday that was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The Greenpoint tunnel has been closed for five weeks for repairs. Shuttle buses were provided between G stops in Queens and Brooklyn during that time. 
    New York City subway riders are getting back service on the G train between Brooklyn and Queens. The return of service comes as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority reopens a tunnel Tuesday that was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The Greenpoint tunnel has been closed for five weeks for repairs. Shuttle buses were provided between G stops in Queens and Brooklyn during that time. 
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices