PLATTSBURGH POLICE DEPARTMENT
“Plattsburgh Man arrested for Kidnapping”
At approximately 7:15pm on April 10th, Plattsburgh City Police responded to Brinkerhoff Street in the area of William Street for a report of a possible abduction that had just occurred in the downtown area. The victim, a 22 year old Plattsburgh man, told Police that he was forced into a car by several masked individuals on Oak Street and then driven to a residence on William Street. During the incident, the victim was allegedly questioned about the location of a “package” and was threatened with bodily harm. Once the vehicle came to a stop at a residence on William St, the victim was able to run from his captors and call for help at a local business. During his escape, the victim’s cell phone was taken.
An extensive investigation by City Police and the Adirondack Drug Task Force identified the vehicle and subsequently one of the suspects as Austin Okolonji (25) of Clinton Street in Plattsburgh.
Okolonji was arrested on 4/16/2018 after being seen operating the same vehicle believed to have been used in the abduction on 4/10/2018. Subsequent to his arrest, Okolonji was found to be in possession of approximately six pounds of marijuana with a street value of approximately $15,000. A search warrant was later executed at Okolonji’s Clinton Street apartment on 4/16/2018 where additional evidence was recovered.
Okolonji was charged with the following Offenses:
Kidnapping 2nd Degree- Class B Felony
Menacing 3rd Degree- Class B Misdemeanor
Petit Larceny- Class A Misdemeanor
Criminal Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree- Class D Felony
This investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.
“This is an example why dealing in a drug like marijuana can quickly escalate into a dangerous and life-threatening activity. Our detectives and officers demonstrated some excellent police work in what could have easily turned into an escalating violent incident. We must remain vigilant in deterring such crime,” said Mayor Colin Read.
The Adirondack Drug Task Force is comprised of members of the Plattsburgh City Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, United States Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Homeland Security Office of Air and Marine, New York State Police, Homeland Security Investigations, Clinton County District Attorney’s Office and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.
Submitted by Capt. Bradley Kiroy
Mug Photo Attached