A man in Ohio was arrested last Feb. 19 when he allegedly took an 84-year-old woman hostage and forced her to take him to a drug deal.
On Feb. 15, 31-year-old Brett Engel hopped into the woman’s car while it was in the parking lot of a drugstore, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. He was reported to be holding a box cutter.
According to court records, the woman was forced to be his chauffeur for a day, starting with a trip to the bank to withdraw $200 (around P10,400), which he took from her.
Their next stop was a Wendy’s where he demanded she buy him food. They then passed by a gas station before she brought him to a White Castle restaurant.
This time, he didn’t seem to be after a meal as he met with two men. When he returned to the car, he took a drug via injection.
The woman continued to drive for him to two apartment complexes and then a gas station before he finally left. She was threatened not to report the incident, as Engel told her that he knew where she lived from her driver’s license.
The records said that during their travel, Engel kept making calls on the woman’s cell phone. He also made an attempt to wipe his fingerprints from the car with a napkin.
However, the gas station stops turned out to be handy as he was identified through their surveillance cameras and in a photo line-up.
Engel has been charged with aggravated robbery and abduction. He is being held in a Cincinnati detention center with a bond of $750,000 (P39 million). Niña V. Guno /ra