Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pair Charged as Kidnappers of Taxi Driver

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pair Charged as Kidnappers of Taxi Driver

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RIDGEWOOD -- Two 20-year-old Bergen County men have been arrested and charged in connection with the armed robbery and kidnapping of a Paterson taxi driver in December, police said Tuesday in a news release.

Wilber Jonathan Barahona of Ridgewood and Jostin Vidal Soriano Reyes of Waldwick assaulted the driver and robbed him in Ridgewood in the early morning hours of Dec. 26, Ridgewood police said.

Police said the two men hailed the cab in Paterson around 3 a.m., saying they were going to Waldwick, then ordered the driver to pull over on North Monroe Street in Ridgewood.

The victim was then taken in his cab to a location on the New York State Thruway, where he was "dumped" on the side of the road, police said.

The driver suffered "several non-life-threatening injuries," police said. …

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