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August 1, 2014

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Bail bondsmen indicted on kidnapping, robbery charges

Two bail bondsmen have been indicted on charges that they kidnapped, robbed and threatened clients, state prosecutors said.

John Kevin McGabe, 61, and Charles McChesney, 48, are charged with kidnapping, robbery, assault and extortion. McGabe's son, John Kevin McCabe Jr., who is not a licensed bail bondsman, faces the same charges.

The elder McCabe allegedly kidnapped one woman in June 2010 from her room at a Budget Suites motel and held her in his car for hours demanding that she give him money and other property.

Prosecutors said he forced the woman to sign personal checks naming him as the payee and forced her to give him her bank debit card and personal identification number, which he used to withdraw money.

An indictment also alleges that in January 2011, all three men broke down another woman's door and held the woman and her three young children at gunpoint while taking things from her home.

The McGabes kidnapped other female clients on at least two other occasions, prosecutors said.

The elder McGabe also is accused of attempting to prevent or dissuade victims and witnesses from reporting incidents by sending threatening text messages and making threatening comments in a recorded jail phone call.

All of the clients had hired the elder McCabe to post bail for them.

An arraignment for the trio is scheduled for Sept. 23.

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