Man guilty in kid­nap­ping plot

The Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Carl Hessler Jr.

Mid­way through his jury trial, an Abing­ton busi­ness­man ad­mit­ted that he at­tempted to hire some­one to kid­nap and harm a sus­pected ri­val for his wife’s af­fec­tion and two of the ri­val’s friends.

Paul R. Van­gore, 48, of the 1400 block of Pep­per Road, who re­port­edly owned Sub­way restau­rants in the re­gion, pleaded guilty in Mont­gomery County Court Fri­day to three felony counts of crim­i­nal so­lic­i­ta­tion to com­mit kid­nap­ping with the in­tent to cause bod­ily in­jury or to ter­ror­ize an­other and one felony count of crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tion fa­cil­ity in con­nec­tion with al­leged in­ci­dents that oc­curred in Novem­ber 2011.

Van­gore’s guilty plea came as pros­e­cu­tors were about to con­clude the ev­i­den­tiary por­tion of their case and in the mid­dle of tes­ti­mony from an un­der­cover county de­tec­tive with whom Van­gore al­legedly had in­crim­i­nat­ing con­ver­sa­tions at a Chel­tenham res­tau­rant last year.

Other charges of so­lic­i­ta­tion to com­mit murder will be dis­missed against Van­gore at time of sen­tenc­ing in ex­change for the plea. Judge Joseph A. Smyth de­ferred sen­tencLQJ VR FRuUW RI­fiFLDOV FDQ FRPSOHWH a back­ground in­ves­tiga­tive re­port about Van­gore.

“He’s ad­mit­ting that the co­op­er­at­ing source and the un­der­cover de­tec­tive were asked by him to kid­nap and to harm these three in­di­vid­u­als and that he used his cell phone in or­der to ac­com­plish that,” said As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Matthew Quigg, ex­plain­ing the na­ture of Van­gore’s guilty plea. “The po­lice work in this case was out­stand­ing.”

Van­gore faces a pos­si­ble max­i­mum sen­tence of 33 1/2 to 67 years in prison on the charges. Quigg vowed to seek a lengthy state prison sen­tence against Van­gore.

De­fense lawyer Brian J. McMona­gle in­di­cated he will seek a guide­line sen­tence, which could in­clude a county jail sen­tence, for Van­gore.

“The de­ci­sion was based on the fact that he never, never in­tended to kill any­body and once he was per­mit­ted to have those charges dis­missed, the so­lic­i­ta­tion to com­mit murder, then he was will­ing to ac

cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for what he did,” said McMona­gle, ex­plain­ing Van­gore’s de­ci­sion to en­ter a guilty plea to some of the charges. “At no point in time do I think he ever wanted to or was ca­pa­ble of tak­ing a hu­man life here.

“He was an­gry, he was up­set. He prob­a­bly had a lot of pent up emo­tions that caused him to get to the brink of even think­ing about get­ting these guys to­gether and maybe beat­ing them up but never murder. And once the dis­trict atWRrnHy’V RI­fiFH RIIHrHd uV a res­o­lu­tion that didn’t in­clude that, it was time to put this case be­hind him,” McMona­gle claimed.

“He fully ad­mit­ted that while he was in that res­tau­rant that he re­quested of [the un­der­cover de­tec­tive] to get these guys to­gether and maybe to threaten them to go back to In­dia or threaten them with harm, but never to take a life,” McMona­gle added.

Pros­e­cu­tors orig­i­nally al­leged Van­gore hatched a plot be­tween Au­gust and Novem­ber of 2011 to kill or to harm who he sus­pected was his wife’s lover and two of the man’s friends. The three al­leged tar­gets of the plot were for­mer em­ploy­ees of Van­gore, who re­port­edly is a na­tive of In­dia, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan DIWHr Dn unLdHnWL­fiHd LndLvid­ual re­ported to Philadel­phia po­lice that he had been so­licited by Van­gore to com­mit the crime, ac-

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