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Two charged in Port Jervis kidnapping, assault and robbery

Drake

White

PORT JERVIS – Police arrested two Port Jervis men after an early morning kidnapping in Port Jervis.

Police Chief William Worden said they were called to the parking lot of a senior housing complex at 230 Jersey Avenue at 12:30 a.m. on Friday and learned a 67-year-old man had parked his car and was confronted by two men, one armed with a handgun.

The victim was forcibly robbed and then ordered into the trunk of his car. He freed himself using an emergency trunk release while the suspects were driving from the lot and fled to a nearby residence where he reported the incident.

The victim sustained injuries from the assault and was transported to Bon Secours Community Hospital for emergency treatment.

The stolen car was spotted about an hour later by Orange County Sheriff’s deputies on Route 211 in the Town of Wallkill.

They tried to stop the car, but the driver failed to comply. The deputies pursued the vehicle for some five miles into the Town of Montgomery where the suspects were apprehended after the car crashed and they fled on foot.

Tranelle Drake and Justin White, both 28 and both of Port Jervis, were charged with kidnapping, three counts of robbery, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and grand larceny, all as felonies. Drake was also charged with being a fugitive from justice from Pennsylvania for a parole violation.

Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by town police in Wallkill and Montgomery, and State Police.

Additional charges are pending from the sheriff’s office.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case and assisted in the investigation.


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