CHESHIRE — A town teenager was sentenced to five years in prison in a 2018 kidnapping in which four people assaulted a man and held him captive before stealing almost $1,000 from his bank account.
Audrey Bennett, 18, of 1284 Wolf Hill Road, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and second-degree kidnapping in August. She was sentenced in New Haven Superior Court on Thursday to 14 years, suspended after five years, followed by three years of probation.
On April 3, 2018, police were notified that a 19-year-old man was being treated at Hartford Hospital after a reported kidnapping. The man told police a teenager he met on social media, later identified as Bennett, invited him to her home. According to the arrest warrant, when he arrived two men, later identified as Amari Fox and Ewart Haynes, assaulted him. Bennett also reportedly hit him in the head with a hammer, took the man’s wallet and demanded the PIN for his bank card. The man said the trio then restrained him, drove him to his bank and forced him to withdraw $340. According to the arrest warrant, Alison McMahon was present during the incident as well.
Hayes and Fox drove to various gas stations to receive cash back through transactions with his bank card. The total amount taken from the man’s bank account was about $969.
The man 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.
Haynes, 21, pleaded guilty to second-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit second-degree assault. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 14.
McMahon, 21, of 2 Botsford St., Meriden, was charged 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. She pleaded not guilty to all charges and is scheduled to appear in New Haven Superior Court on Nov. 21.
Fox, 20, was charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, first-degree robbery, and conspiracy to commit each of the charges. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and is scheduled to appear in New Haven Superior Court on Oct. 16.