Kid­nap

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been charged as adults, but Spring­field De­tec­tive Stephen Craig said June 15 that the adult charges were be­ing with­drawn against both Am­bler youths and re­filed as ju­ve­nile charges.

The two, both be­ing held on $200,000 bail, were to be trans­ferred Thurs­day af­ter­noon from Mont­gomery County Pri­son to the Mont­gomery County Youth Cen­ter, he said. De­ten­tion hear­ings were sched­uled for June 16.

Felony charges of kid­nap­ping, con­spir­acy, deal­ing in un­law­ful pro­ceeds, pos­ses­sion with in­tent to de­liver a con­trolled sub­stance, crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tion fa­cil­ity and mis­de­meanor charges of un­law­ful re­straint, false im­pris­on­ment, co­er­cion, sim­ple as­sault and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia, which had been waived by the youth June 8, have been re­duced to ju­ve­nile charges. A rob­bery charge was pre­vi­ously with­drawn.

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit and an ac­count by po­lice, a 17-year-old Ore­land male, who was sell­ing small amounts of mar­i­juana, and a 16-year-old male friend of his from Er­den­heim went to Fort Wash­ing­ton, where the Ore­land youth pur­chased a quan­tity of mar­i­juana from one of the Am­bler youths.

The fol­low­ing week, around 5 p.m. May 23, the two Am­bler youths and ap­prox­i­mately four to six adult males went to the Er­den­heim youth’s home, where they de­manded to know where the Ore­land youth was, the com­plaint says. He said he didn’t know, and they or­dered him into the car.

The youth said he didn’t want to get in the car and the two Am­bler youths “told him that he didn’t have a choice,” the com­plaint says. “Fear­ing for his life,” the boy got in the car and pro­vided di­rec­tions to the Ore­land youth’s home, and was told if the Ore­land boy “doesn’t pay the money we’re com­ing for you too.”

When the two ve­hi­cles con­tain­ing six to eight peo­ple ar­rived at the Ore­land res­i­dence, the Er­den­heim youth was told to go in­side and get the Ore­land youth to come out­side, the af­fi­davit says. The Am­bler youth who had sold him the mar­i­juana de­manded the Ore­land youth get his mar­i­juana and money, and the youth handed over about 9 grams of mar­i­juana and $5, at which point the Am­bler youth punched him in the face, it says.

The Ore­land teen then cashed his pay­check from work and met the two Am­bler youths at the Wawa in Fort Wash­ing­ton and paid them $140 more, the com­plaint says.

Armed with a search war­rant, po­lice went to the home of one of the Am­bler youths in the unit block of Church Street, where they found seven peo­ple smok­ing mar­i­juana and a back­pack be­long­ing to the youth con­tain­ing 85 grams of mar­i­juana and $200 cash, the com­plaint says. Six pot­ted mar­i­juana plants were also seized along with an­other 7 grams of mar­i­juana in an­other bed­room.

Text mes­sages and a video on the youth’s phone linked to the in­ci­dent were re­cov­ered, as well.

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing for the sec­ond Am­bler youth, who was ar­rested on sim­i­lar charges, was can­celed June 15 when the charges were re­moved to ju­ve­nile court.

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