A popular businessman and a well known figure in the Hasidic community was kidnapped from his Williamsburg office Thursday night, according to NYPD sources. The 90th Police precinct said that Menachem Stark, 40, was kidnapped by two assailants at late Thursday night as he left his office on Broadway.
According to video surveillance footage released, the two suspects jumped on him as he exited the building, he struggled with them for several minutes, they then overpowered him, bound him with duct tape and threw him into a light colored dodge minivan with no license plates, and drove off.
The NYPD’s detectives working along with Shomrim are investigating the case.
Menachem Stark is described as being 5’7″ tall and weighing 185 pounds.
‘’We saw two people fighting with him, and they put him into a big white van, a Dodge Caravan,’’ Stark’s brother Yitzy, 30, told The NY Post. ‘’He was supposed to come home at 11:30 pm and he didn’t. We knew he was over at his office.’’
But calls to Stark’s cellphone ‘’went straight to voicemail. That was the first indication something was wrong,’’ Yitzy told The Post. He and others went over to the office, and discovered Stark gone, with his black Lexus LX570 SUV still parked outside.
‘’We knew something was wrong at that point,” he said.
Investigators are urging the public to review their surveillance cameras in the search for the above pictured minivan Anywhere in the areas of Broadway, Harrison Ave in the direction towards Atlantic Ave. from 11:30PM last night and on.
(YWN Newsdesk – NYC)