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2 arrested in Albion for kidnapping, robbery in separate incidents

Staff Reports Posted 16 January 2016 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Two people face kidnapping and robbery charges in separate incidents with uncanny similarities, Police Chief Roland Nenni said.

The Albion Police Department charged Andre D. Coley, 24, of West Bank St. following the investigation of an adult male victim being held against his will and then forced to withdraw a total of $8,800 from his bank account and give it to the suspect.

Andre Coley

Coley allegedly used threats and intimidation over a two-week period to force the victim to a bank on several occasions where the victim was forced to withdraw cash and turn it over to Coley, Nenni said.

On Jan. 14 at about 10 a.m. the victim called 911 after Coley came to the victim’s residence and demanded more money, the police chief reported today. The Albion Police Department took Coley into custody after he was located in a vehicle in the Village of Albion.

Coley was charged with kidnapping in the second degree, a B-Felony; robbery in the third degree, a D-Felony; grand larceny in the third degree, a D-Felony; grand larceny in the fourth degree, an E-Felony; unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, an A-Misdemeanor; and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

He was arraigned in the Murray Town Court due to the unavailability of Town of Gaines justice. Coley was placed in the Orleans County Jail on $100,000 bail. He is to return to the Gaines court on Jan. 20.

Christopher D. Rivers Jr.

The Albion Police Department also arrested Christopher D. Rivers Jr., 19, of 25 Sandy Creek Apartments following the investigation of an adult male and adult female victims being held against their will and then forced to withdraw $400 from the female victim’s bank account and give it to the suspect.

Rivers allegedly approached the male victim at a residence outside the Village of Albion and displayed a firearm and demanded the male victim give him cash. The male victim was unable to produce the money so Rivers forced the male and female victims to go to an ATM in the Village of Albion, Nenni said.

The female victim obtained $400 from her bank account and turned it over to Rivers. The victims initially did not report the crime as they were in fear of their safety. The Albion Police Department took Rivers into custody after he was located near his residence in the Village of Albion. Rivers was known by the victims, the police chief said.

Rivers was charged with kidnapping in the first degree, an A1-Felony; robbery in the first degree, a B-Felony; criminal use of a firearm in the first degree, a B-Felony; grand larceny in the fourth degree; an E-Felony; unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, an A-Misdemeanor; and menacing in the second degree, an A-Misdemeanor.

Rivers was arraigned in the Town of Albion Court and was placed in the Orleans County Jail on no bail. He is to return to the Town Court on Jan. 20.