SOMERVILLE, NJ – A Somerville man and his two sons, plus a fourth suspect from Newark, have been charged with kidnapping and assaulting a 21-year-old Somerville resident.
Arrested and charged with First Degree Kidnapping and Third Degree Assault are David Alex Villegas, 22, of Davenport Street; David Andres Villegas, 42, of Davenport Street; Troy Warren, 28, of Clinton Avenue, Newark, and Joshua Villegas, 20, of Davenport Street, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Somerville Borough Chief of Police Dennis Manning.
Robertson provided the following account:
Somerset County Communications received a 911 call reporting the incident at 2:03 p.m. Friday. Somerville Police were sent to the Villegas residence on Davenport Street, where the victim was located. He ws taken to Somerville Police headquarters for further investigation.
Earlier, the victim was contacted by defendant Joshua and David Villegas and asked to accompany them on a trip. The victim agreed and was picked up in a vehicle occupied by the four suspects.
As the vehicle drove away, David Villegas grabbed the victim’s cell phone and began punching him with a closed fist in the stomach, according to Robertson. The victim told police that for approximately an hour he was driven around in the vehicle and continuously beaten by Warren while the other occupants of the vehicle yelled profanities at him and also struck him, Robertson added.
The defendants eventually drove to the Villegas residence on Davenport Street and remained parked in the driveway while Warren continued to beat the victim, Robertson said.
Members of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force Tactical Narcotics Team responded to assist Somerville police in the investigation and executed search warrants on the suspected vehicle utilized during the kidnapping and the Villegas residence.
The four suspects were transported and lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Robertson requests anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100 or the Somerville Police Department at 908-725-0331 or via the STOPit app.
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