2 Albion men face unlawful imprisonment, drug charges
3 police officers sustain minor injuries
Press Release, Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni
ALBION – On Thursday at about 8:45 p.m. the Orleans County 911 Center received a report from an individual that a family member had been kidnapped and was being held against her will.
The complainant stated that text messages had been received from the victim giving a general location of the victim’s whereabouts. Using cell phone GPS Location Technology and other investigative tools, the victim was located at 51 Beechwood Blvd. in the Village of Albion.
Albion police officers along with deputies from the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office and Troopers from the New York State Police made contact with two males inside the residence.
One of the males was immediately taken into custody without incident. The other male resisted arrest and as result in the confrontation with the police, three officers sustained minor injuries before the suspect was taken into custody.
The female victim was found to be unresponsive and in need of advance medical care inside the residence. The victim was transported by COVA Ambulance to Medina Memorial and later transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital where she is in guarded condition.
With assistance from the Orleans County Major Felony Crimes Task Force, a search warrant was executed at the location. As a result of the search warrant execution, a quantity of narcotics was seized along with other evidentiary material.
The following were arrested:
Demetrius Bennett, 39, of 51 Beechwood Blvd, Albion, has been charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree (D felony), two counts of unlawful imprisonment in the 1st degree (E felony), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree (A misdemeanor), Obstructing Governmental Administration in the 2nd degree (A misdemeanor), Resisting Arrest (A misdemeanor) and second-degree Harassment (violation).
Mark H. Bennett, 31, of 222 Chamberlain St., Albion has been charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th (D felony), Unlawful Imprisonment 1st (E felony), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th (A misdemeanor) and Possession of a Hypodermic Inst (A misdemeanor).
The two men arrested in the incident are not related. They were arraigned in the Town of Gaines Court and committed to the Orleans County Jail on $25,000 bail. They are to return to court on Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.
“This is an active investigation and no further information will be released at this time,” Chief Nenni said.