An alert Pennsylvania bank employee helped rescue a kidnapped woman on Wednesay when her captor brought her in to apply for a loan and she asked for a “help loan.”
The employee set off the bank’s silent alarm, usually used for a robbery, and police arrived and arrested 36-year-old Wilson Medina-Garcia, charging him with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, and terroristic threats, WNEP reports.
Investigators say the woman’s ordeal began on Tuesday when Medina-Garcia allegedly locked her in a bedroom, destroyed her cellphone, and threatened to kill her and her children.
The suspect took the woman to a title and tag store at one point, where the woman tried to let the employees know she needed help, but they didn’t understand.
Then, just after noon on Wednesday, Medina-Garcia took the victim to a PNC Bank in Carbondale and ordered her to take out a $5,000 loan. The employee there took the “help loan” hint and set off the alarm.
After the arrest, officers searched the apartment where the woman was allegedly held captive and found a lock on the bedroom door, a broken cellphone, and a bucket the woman was forced to use as a toilet.
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