A cop rescued a man who had been held hostage in The Bronx for 18 hours by posing as his ransom-bearing relatives, according to police sources and a report.
Jonathan Demitro met up with Juiliano Marcelino at Cambreleng Avenue and East 189th Street at around 9 p.m. Tuesday to discuss buying Marcelino’s Honda Accord, sources said.
Marcelino, 31, went with Demitro, 28, for a test drive, but as they were returning to Demitro’s home, the trip took an abrupt and startling turn.
“As soon as I was opening the door to get out, [Marcelino] pulled out the gun,’ ” Demitro claimed Thursday.
Demitro didn’t have any cash on him — so Marcelino allegedly spent the next 18 hours driving him around the borough at gunpoint, the sources and alleged victim said.
At one point during the ordeal, Demitro’s brother got a phone call demanding a $2,500 ransom, according to the sources.
“It was terrible,” Demitro said.
The nightmare came to an end at around 3 p.m. Wednesday when a cop located Marcelino by claiming to be Demitro’s brother and offering to pay the ransom, NBC New York reported.
Marcelino was arrested on a robbery charge. Demitro was released unharmed, sources said.
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