CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg police were looking for a man they say held a woman and her three children hostage last week for $500 in ransom.
Trevor D. Brown, 23, whose last known address was 802 Broad St., has been charged with four counts each of kidnapping, false imprisonment, criminal coercion, simple assault and terroristic threats and one count of theft by extortion, police said. The charges were filed with Magisterial District Judge Gary Carter's office.
On Monday, July 23, at 9:36 p.m., a man told police his wife and children had been kidnapped and he had just paid a $500 ransom to have them freed, according to the affidavit of probable cause. The man said he was called at 6 p.m. by a man who said "I want my money," and threatened to kill the woman and the children if it was not paid in half an hour.
The caller instructed the man to put the money under the driver's seat of an unlocked Ford Explorer parked near a laundromat in the 800 block of Broad Street, police said. He also threatened to kill the man and warned him not to contact police, according to the affidavit.