Crime

Alleged kidnapping victim recovered in Milesburg

A custody exchange that began in East Stroudsburg on Tuesday ended with an arrest in Milesburg.

Joseph Boller, 18, of East Stroudsburg, was charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint and false imprisonment, after police say he duct taped a woman’s wrists together, forced her into the trunk of her vehicle, and drove westbound on Interstate 80.

The victim’s mother notified state police after receiving a text for help. Police were able to track the victim using the Find My iPhone app, leading to Boller’s arrest Tuesday at a Milesburg McDonald’s.

Boller was arraigned Wednesday by District Judge Allen Sinclair.

According to the criminal complaint, Boller met with the victim, described as an ex-girlfriend, at his grandmother’s East Stroudsburg residence to discuss visitation arrangements for their young child.

According to the affidavit, the woman told Boller that she did not wish to see him anymore, and could only talk to him for about 30 minutes.

Boller allegedly got emotional during the conversation, shut the bedroom door they were meeting in and refused to let the woman leave.

He then allegedly confiscated the woman’s cellphone, wrapped it in aluminum foil and duct taped her wrists together.

Boller then drove with the victim to his friend’s house to drop off the child, police say. When he exited the vehicle, the victim told police she was able to free her hands and attempted to start the vehicle using a spare key.

According to the affidavit, Boller saw the victim attempting to start the vehicle, ran back to the vehicle and pounded on the windows and doors, saying “things would get much worse” for her.

The situation then accelerated, leading to Boller duct taping the victim’s wrists, ankles and mouth, and forcing her into the trunk, according to the affidavit.

Boller then again allegedly exited the vehicle to take the child to his friend. While he was gone, the victim was able to free her hand, recover her cellphone and text her mother for help, according to police.

Boller and the victim then allegedly headed westbound on I-80.

The victim’s mother contacted state police and their location was tracked using the Find my iPhone app, police said.

State police at Rockview located Boller and the victim at about 7:40 p.m. at a McDonald’s in Milesburg, where Boller was arrested.

Boller is being held at the Centre County prison on $150,000 bail.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 24.

Jalelah Ahmed: 814-231-4631, @jalelahahmed

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