Carbondale, Pennsylvania bank workers help kidnapped woman after she applies for loan, suspect arrested


CARBONDALE, Pennsylvania – A kidnapped woman is safe thanks to vigilant bank workers in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.

Investigators say the suspect, identified as Wilson Medina-Garcia, 36, locked the victim in a bedroom on Tuesday afternoon.

They say he destroyed her cell phone and threatened to kill the woman and her children.

At one point, police said Medina-Garcia took her to a title and tag store where she tried to alert workers that she was being kidnapped. However, they didn’t realize she needed help and the woman left with the suspect.

Just after noon on Wednesday, police said Medina-Garcia took the woman to a PNC bank on South Main Street in Carbondale to take out a $5,000 loan.

According to authorities, the woman asked a bank employee for a “Help” loan.

The employees understood that she needed help and triggered the silent alarm usually used in the event of a hold-up.

Carbondale police quickly arrived at the bank and arrested Medina-Garcia at the scene.

Officers went to the apartment where he allegedly held the woman captive.

They found a lock on the bedroom door and a broken cell phone.

Medina-Garcia was charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint and terrorist threats.

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