3 Charged in Kidnapping for Ransom Headed to Trial
Three Levittown residents are charged with holding young woman for $700 ransom in November will face trial in Doylestown.
Levittown residents Shawn Gruber, 21, Nicole Gruber, 20, and David B. Sherman, 21, waived their right to a preliminary hearing this week and are headed to trial.
The trio are charged with criminal use of a communication facility, unlawful restraint and several other varying offenses.
In late November 2012, Tullytown Borough responded to a call from a Shadetree Lane mother who stated she received a call demanding $700 to be delivered to the women's bathroom at the Taco Bell in Tullytown. If the mother didn’t comply, the voice on the phone said they would “blow her daughter’s head off,” according to court documents.
According to police, the incident started when the victim was attempting to buy $700 worth of drugs for the trio at a local supermarket. Instead of getting drugs, the dealers allegedly robbed her and fled.
Shawn Gruber, the affidavit states, did not take the news of the robbery well and forced the young woman to get in her car and strip down. The subjects in the car searched the woman for money and Shawn Gruber wanted the victim's mother to repay the $700, police said.
Both local and county authorities immediately acted on the information and obtained permission to to perform a wiretap to record further phone conversations between the suspects and the woman, Acting Chief Sgt. Dan Doyle told Patch after the arrests.
The suspects were capture by officers when they tried to retrieve a portion of the $700 from the victim's mother.
Shawn Gruber and Nicole Gruber are free on bail; Sherman has not made bail and remains in county jail.
The trial is set to begin in Doylestown in the coming weeks.