Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Wyoming man says he was abducted, robbed



By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COLLEGE HILL - A Wyoming man told police Tuesday that two gunman abducted him from his Wyoming home and drove him to his check-cashing business, where they stole $100,000 from a safe.

Patrick J. Rader, 41, called police from Ace America's Cash Express on W. Galbraith Road, early Tuesday, just after midnight, and said: "I've been robbed. I've been burglarized."

Rader gave police the following account of the reported abduction and robbery:

Late Monday night, (he did not provide a time), two men, both armed with guns, came to his home in the 1200 block of Beechwood Drive, where they blindfolded him and tied him up with duct tape. They then put him in the trunk of a vehicle and drove him to his check-cashing business.

There, the men ordered Rader to de-activate the business' burglar alarm and used his keys to open a safe and took the cash and fled.

When Rader returned home, he told police, he discovered that his blue 1999 Ford Expedition, with Ohio license plate CES 6233, was gone, said Wyoming Police Sgt. Stephen Cordes.

Cordes said he couldn't recall a similar incident in his 24 years on the force.

Cordes spoke briefly with Rader: "He had the marks on him from the (duct) tape."

Rader's description of the gunman was sketchy, Cordes said.

Rader was home at the time of the alleged abduction, Cordes said. The store had been closed for more than four hours by the time Rader reported the robbery.

Employees at the check-cashing business remained wary, but were back at work behind a glass window Tuesday.

The case remains under investigation.

Wyoming police ask anyone with information to contact them at 821-0141 or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

E-mail jmorse@enquirer.com




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