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Beaten kidnapping victim found in Bronx deli basement

Posted: 10:03 PM, Sep 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-11 22:23:19-04

WAKEFIELD, the Bronx — Officers found a kidnapping victim in the basement of a Bronx deli on Wednesday morning after they chased two men into the building, police said.

A deli employee gave the cops access to the basement around 2 a.m., officials said. The officers found a 49-year-old man inside. He told them he’d been kept there for three days.

The victim, who does have a lengthy criminal record, was near East 234th Street and White Plains Road on Saturday when four people grabbed him, put him in a dark colored sedan and drove him to the deli, police said.

The group bound and beat the man.

Police are looking for Richard Millwood

Police have already arrested Orinthia Gifford, 49. She’s charged with assault, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and harassment.

Officers are looking for deli employee Richard Millwood, 35, for questioning. He’s about 5 feet, 10 inches tall. Millwood was last seen wearing all dark clothing.

The accused kidnappers have lengthy criminal records, police said.

Police did arrest the two men they originally chased into the deli, an NYPD spokesman said. They were wanted for petty crime.

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