BELMAR, NJ —Three people have been accused of kidnapping a man in Belmar on March 2 and driving him to three banks to withdraw money before they were caught in the act by police at the third bank, located about 60 miles away, according to authorities.
The victim, a Union County resident, was visiting the borough when he was kidnapped and taken to two unidentified banks where he was forced to withdraw money, authorities said. At the third bank —TD Bank on Route 130 in Pennsauken — the victim was able pass a note to the teller asking for help and stating that the man behind him had a gun, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release.
Detectives responded and found Vaughn Caul, 42, of Pine Hill inside the bank standing directly behind the victim carrying a concealed handgun. Officers found two other individuals — Dwayne Graham, 53, of Philadelphia and Jessica O’Donnell, 25, of Woodbury — waiting across the street from the bank in a vehicle that matched the description of the car into which the victim said he had been forced, the statement said.
Caul, Graham and O’Donnell have been charged in both Camden County and in Belmar with kidnapping, armed robbery, possession of a handgun, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, criminal restraint, criminal coercion and theft.
The case was a joint investigation by the Belmar Police Department Detective Bureau, Spring Lake Heights Police Department, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.
Caul, Graham and O’Donnell are currently being held in the Camden County Correctional Facility, Camden, and are awaiting a pretrial detention hearing.
All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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