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Police charge two men for alleged abduction

Tuesday January 14, 2014 8:26 AM

The New Albany Police Department and the Columbus Division of Police last month investigated a claim of an abduction that occurred between 2 and 3:24 p.m. from a business in New Albany.

New Albany Sgt. Kris Daniels said two people were charged in the incident, and one has been arrested.

Sergio Rivera-Soto, 26, of 2817 Wyman Court, was arrested Dec. 13, 2013, for kidnapping, abduction and domestic violence. He was indicted by a grand jury in Licking County Common Pleas court on all three charges Dec. 24, Daniels said.

Police still are seeking Ricardo Martinez, 33, of 5817 Wyman Court, who is wanted on an outstanding felony warrant for abduction, Daniels said.

The alleged victim, an 18-year-old woman, claimed she was abducted Dec. 12 from her workplace at Jeyes, 8860 Smiths Mill Road.

The person who is accused of taking her, Rivera-Soto, was let inside the business by another employee, according to the police report.

The woman went outside with the man to return a bank card and he allegedly grabbed her and pushed her into a vehicle, where another man, believed to be Martinez, was waiting behind the wheel, the report said.

She reported being held down in the back of the vehicle and hit several times while the car drove out of the parking lot, the police report said.

The victim later called her employer and reported that she was at a relative's home in Columbus. The report said she was able to get out of the vehicle and run into the home.

Columbus police officers and a medic unit went to the residence and found woman unharmed but New Albany police reported seeing bruising on her when they arrived.

The woman said on Dec. 11 she was thrown out of her residence on Wyman Court in Columbus, where she lived with Rivera-Soto. She said she had endured physical violence while living there, the police report said.

In other recent incident reports from the New Albany Police Department:

* New Albany police are investigating a report of drug trafficking at New Albany High School that allegedly occurred between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 11.

According to the police report, a student admitted to selling small blue pills to another student for $6.

Daniels said he could not say what types of pills were exchanged because the pills are being tested.

The incident was reported by Assistant Principal Steve Gehlert.

The students' parents were notified and were present when students were questioned, the police report said.

No charges have been filed at this time.

Daniels said the students are eligible to enter the city's juvenile diversion program, which allows first-time offenders to have their charges voided.

The diversion program is available for juveniles who can be charged with assault, unruliness, underage drinking and some drug-related crimes.

* Police are investigating a burglary that occurred between 2:52 and 3 a.m. Jan. 6 at Tim Hortons, 9685 Johnstown Road.

According to the police report, an employee confronted a man who was found inside the business at a safe with a crowbar and sledgehammer.

He asked the employee not to call the police after saying he would not hurt the employee, the report said. He also asked for the combination to the safe, which the employee did not know.

The employee hit a panic button and the suspect fled through a back door.

The business reported $300 missing and the drive-through window was damaged in the incident. The surveillance system also was tampered with.

The suspect is described as a tall, thin black man with hazel eyes in his 20s or 30s. He was wearing a black knit hat and a black bandanna on his face. He also was wearing black clothes.

* Police arrested a 28-year-old woman for OVI and failure to drive in marked lanes at 2:23 a.m. Jan. 11 on Central College Road.

* Police are investigating the theft of a Rumpke trash bin and recycling bin valued at $300 taken between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3 from a residence in the 7000 block of Milton Court.

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