YOUNGSTOWN Drive-through employee faces kidnapping charge
The store employee gave the teen food and offered to pay a fine if the teen changed his story, a police report says.
YOUNGSTOWN -- An employee at a South Side drive-through liquor store kidnapped a teen-ager who had told police he bought beer there, and attempted to intimidate the teen into changing his story, city police said.
The 29-year-old employee of Big A's Drive Thru at 2525 Glenwood Ave. was arrested on felony charges of kidnapping and intimidation of a witness. He lives in Boardman.
Teen-ager cited: Police said they had cited the 15-year-old Austintown teen for misdemeanor underage possession of alcohol. They had pulled over the car in which he was a passenger at about 5 p.m. Tuesday after seeing someone in the vehicle purchase beer from the store. They also had arrested another store employee, a 26-year-old Youngstown man, on a charge of misdemeanor illegal sales of alcohol to minors.
The teen had left his three friends in the car and gone back to the store with police to identify the man who had sold him the beer.
Police then left the store to take the employee to the Mahoning County jail. They were called back on a kidnapping report and found the teen coming out of a back room.
His account: The teen told police he had left the store to catch up with his friends when the second store employee followed him. When the teen entered the car, the man chased the car, reaching for his pants as if he had a weapon and ordering them to stop. He then jumped on the car's hood, the teen said.
The driver stopped the car, and a sport utility vehicle pulled up beside it with a man in his early 20s exiting and ordering the teen out of the car while threatening to kill him, police reports show. The teen said he got out of the car.
The man ordered the others in the car to leave, and he fled in the truck.
The three friends left, found another police officer and reported that their friend had been kidnapped.
The teen they were forced to leave behind was then taken back to the store by the employee. The employee took the teen into a back room and told him to change his story and tell police he did not buy the beer at Big A's, the teen said.
The employee promised the teen food and to pay the fine for his citation, police said. The teen was given pizza and pop and held in the room, they said. He emerged when police arrived.