A Youngstown man and woman are being held in the Mahoning County Jail on charges they lured a man to the woman’s home for sex, then bound him with duct tape and beat him until he told them where he kept his $13,000 stash.
Dymond Ortello, 27, and Miesha Williams, 24, both entered no plea Monday at their initial appearance in Youngstown Municipal Court on first-degree felony charges of kidnapping and aggravated robbery and a second-degree felony charge of burglary.
The charges carry a maximum 30 years in prison. Both are being held in jail on $400,000 bond and are scheduled for a preliminary hearing next Monday.
The two are charged in a bizarre incident on Saturday in which the police went to the area numerous times for complaints about Kevin Huggins, 37, being abducted and his home being broken into. Police eventually apprehended the two after the Huggins’ brother caught them inside his brother’s home and locked them inside following a call from Huggins that raised suspicion, reports said.
Reports said police found Huggins at 763 W. LaClede Ave with duct tape still on his face and coat and dried blood all over his face. Huggins told police Williams asked him to meet her at 745 W. LaClede for sex.
He said he walked into the home and two men pointed shotguns at his face. All three bound him with duct tape on his face, eyes, wrists and ankles. Reports said they put on his on the floor and took his handgun, which reports said he has a concealed carry permit for.
The trio, according to reports, then stole $300, then punched, kicked and pistol-whipped him for hours until he told them where he kept a large money stash.
While he was being beaten, reports said, officers pulled into the area with flashing lights while chasing someone they eventually arrested that was unrelated to the incident.
Huggins said the group threatened to shoot him if he made noises that alerted police. Huggins said he then told the group where to find his $13,000 stash.
They left him there, and set off his house alarm. The trio forced Huggins to call his brother and assure him he was in no danger and that he needed to deactivate the alarm. His brother told police he found it odd his brother was not returning texts or calls.
A neighbor approached the brother and said he was on the phone with Huggins. The brother told police Huggins sounded distressed and upset but that he must have accidentally set the alarm off when he went to Cleveland.
He relocked his brother’s door and police who responded to the alarm left the home.
About two hours later, a neighbor called Huggins’ brother and said two people were inside his brother’s home. The man returned to the home, saw two people in the house and locked the door from the outside.
When officers arrived back at the home, Huggins’ brother told officers he believed the people inside the home kidnapped his brother.
Officers ordered the two to the ground and found Williams with a large money wad in her hands.
Huggins told police he could hear officers respond to his home and realized he was alone in the house. About 20 minutes later he emerged from the home with duct tape all over him and neighbors helped him and alerted police.
Ortello then gave police his brother’s name. Daniel Ortello in 2009 murdered a 29-year-old man and shot another man. He was declared not guilty by reason of insanity because he was severely mentally ill and is in a mental health facility for the remainder of his life.
Police arrested him as Daniel Ortello and booked him into the county jail under that name before investigators found out he gave the wrong name.