A Lowell man was arraigned in Lowell District Court and charged with several Massachusetts Crimes of Violence charges in connection with an alleged kidnapping of two brothers and their friend in Chelmsford.
According to the Essex County District Attorney's Office, Chelmsford police received a call from two people complaining that they had been held against their will at gunpoint in the basement of a Chelmsford home. The victim told police that he, a friend and his brother went to hang out in that basement when they were allegedly threatened by three men. The three man allegedly demanded to know where the money and drugs was or they would kill him.
The defendant was identified after police showed a photo array to the victim, but the other two suspects are still unknown at this time.
Kidnapping in Massachusetts is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years in state prison, but where it is alleged that the kidnapping was commitment while armed with the intent to extort money, the punishment is imprisonment for any terms of years up to life.
Kidnapping is defined as the unlawful and forcible confinement of another person against his or her will.
Armed Robbery is also punishable for any term of years up to life in state prison. Armed Robbery is committed when the person, armed with a dangerous weapon, applies force or violence to the victim and takes his property with the intent to steal it.