Meriden woman charged in April Cheshire kidnapping

Meriden woman charged in April Cheshire kidnapping



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CHESHIRE — A second woman has been charged in an April kidnapping in which four people reportedly assaulted a man and held him captive before stealing almost $1,000 from his bank account.

Allison McMahon, 20, of 2 Botsford St., Meriden, was charged Monday with conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree identity theft. 

On April 3, police were notified that a 19-year-old man was being treated at Hartford Hospital after a reported kidnapping. The teen told police a teenager he met on social media, later identified as Audrey Bennett, 17, invited him to her home. When he arrived, two men, later identified as Ewart Haynes, 19, and Amari Fox, 19, assaulted him, according to an arrest warrant.  Bennett also reportedly hit him in the head with a hammer, took the man’s wallet and demanded the PIN number for his bank card. One of the men also struck him with a baseball bat.

The man said the trio then tied his hands, put him in his car and drove to his bank, where he was forced to withdraw $340. He also told police one of the two men punched McMahon in the face after an argument because she wanted to let him go, the warrant said. Hayes and Fox drove to various gas stations to receive cash back during transactions with his bank card. The total amount taken from the man’s bank account was about $969.

A short time later, the 19-year-old said the car stopped and one of the two men said they were at the movie theater parking lot in Southington.  He was eventually able to break free and ran to call for help.

Cheshire police were notified by Meriden police that Bennett was at MidState Medical Center after being found intoxicated at Westfield Meriden mall. Police said the two men with Bennett matched the description of the suspects in the kidnapping, the warrant said. Officers found a hammer in the trunk of their car.

Police went to Bennett’s home and found evidence of an assault, including blood in the kitchen sink and on the kitchen floor. Officers obtained video surveillance from the bank ATM which shows a person matching Bennett’s description approaching the ATM, the warrant said.

Bennett, of 1284 Wolf Hill Road, was charged April 10 with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, first-degree robbery, fourth-degree larceny, third-degree identity theft, third-degree forgery, payment card fraud and conspiracy.

Fox was arrested on May 1 and charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, first-degree robbery, and conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault and first-degree robbery.

Haynes was arrested on June 4 and charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, first-degree robbery, fourth-degree larceny, third-degree identity theft, third-degree forgery, payment card fraud and conspiracy to commit all of said charges.

McMahon was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Monday. Attorney Charles Thompson said McMahon had minimal involvement in the incident and turned herself in once she learned about the warrant. Bond was set at $100,000.


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