2 arrested in alleged kidnap-ransom plot Man jailed for bogus plane threat
BRISTOL -- Police said two suspects were arrested after a man told a bank teller that his family was being held for ransom in a suburban Philadelphia apartment. No one was injured.
Police in Bucks County's Bristol Township told the Bucks County Courier Times that two armed men burst into an apartment at the Levittown Trace complex Sunday evening.
Police said the man told the teller that six family members and friends, including three young children, were held until Monday morning and threatened with harm if he didn't withdraw $80,000 he had received from a life insurance policy.
Officers went to the complex and captured two suspects after a chase and also recovered two handguns. Officials said they are being charged with kidnapping for ransom, robbery, burglary and related charges.
PHILADELPHIA -- A man who called in a bogus airplane threat to get back at a romantic rival over a Facebook photo was sentenced Monday to 15 months in prison.
Kenneth Smith, 26, must also send written apologies to 38 passengers who were aboard when their flight turned around and armed agents stormed the plane at Philadelphia International Airport.
Smith, a pizza cook, was angered over a compromising photo of his girlfriend that rival Christopher Shell had posted online. So he called authorities to report that Shell had liquid explosives on a flight that was en route to Dallas last fall.
Both men lost their jobs after the Sept. 6 incident. Shell directed investigators to the Philadelphia pizzeria where Smith worked, and Smith acknowledged using a pay phone to report that Shell was carrying liquid explosives on the flight.
Shell, for his part, was arrested on unrelated charges when he resumed his trip to Dallas. Collin County authorities were waiting with two outstanding drug-possession warrants when he landed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
From our wire services