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Fifth suspect arrested in 3-day kidnapping

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) - Lancaster Police have identified and arrested a fifth man believed to be involved in a kidnapping that lasted three days. 

Police said Nicholas Anthony Pottorff, 29, helped Jordan Yost and four others with the kidnapping and assault of man who voluntarily met with Yost. 

While the victim was being held, Portorff ordered him to strip most of his clothing and forced him into a closet, according to police. Portorff also reportedly kicked and punched the victim several times and refused to allow the victim to seek medical attention. 

Police said the three day incident started on Wednesday, November 14 when the victim was voluntarily with Jordan Yost, 24, at the Walmart on the Fruitville Pike in Manheim Township. 

The two reportedly got into an argument over the victim's vehicle. Police said that's when Yost pulled a handgun on the victim and forced him into his vehicle. 

According to a news release, Yost drove the victim to a location in Lancaster City and met up with Paul Howard Stauffer, 32 where the two beat and pistol-whipped the victim. Pottorff also participated in the beating, said police. The attack was reportedly video taped by the suspects. 

After several hours, Yost took the victim's cell phone, some jewelry, and his vehicle and left the victim with Stauffer, according to police. 

The next day, Stauffer allegedly forced the victim to meet up with Steven Earl Cornelius, 30, and Kieffer Shayla Napolitan, 27. Police said the three took the victim to several stores throughout Lancaster and forced him to use his Pennsylvania Electronic Benefits Transfer access card to get food and money to buy drugs. 

The suspects then took the victim back to his home in Columbia and continued to hold him against his will, according to police. There, the suspects allegedly stole items from his apartment and beat the victim again, held a knife to his face and pointed a paintball gun to his head, police said. 

Police said on Friday, November 16 Stauffer, Cornelius, and Napolitan contacted the victim's family and demanded they pay money for his release. 

Shortly after that call, the Columbia Borough Police responded to the victim's apartment to check on his welfare. They determined he had been kidnapped days before, held against his will, robbed, and assaulted. 

The victim was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was later released.

Stauffer, Cornelius, and Napolitan were arrested and are being held at the Lancaster County Prison. They are charged with robbery, terroristic threats, simple assault and unlawful restraint. Stauffer is also charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault. 


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