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Cops: Three charged in attempted kidnapping in Westbury

From left, Jeanette Ortiz, Mark Persaud and Ayeisha

From left, Jeanette Ortiz, Mark Persaud and Ayeisha Woods were involved in an attempted kidnapping in Westbury that escalated when one of the suspects nearly ran over two detectives and crashed the victim''s vehicle during a pursuit Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, Nassau police said. Credit: NCPD

An attempted kidnapping in Westbury escalated when one of three suspects almost ran over two detectives and crashed the victim’s vehicle during a pursuit Sunday night, Nassau police said.

Ayeisha Woods, 22, and two accomplices knocked on the back door of a man she knew about 8:40 p.m. and forced their way into his Grand Street home, police said.

“When she came to the house, he knew something was up,” police spokeswoman Maureen Roach said of the victim.

The victim grabbed a knife from the kitchen when he saw Mark Persaud, 29, point a handgun at him, but Woods and Persaud hit him in the head with what turned out to be a pellet gun and an ax handle, police said.

The three suspects had plastic zip ties and had planned to kidnap the man, police said they later found out.

“They were going to take him,” Roach said. “That was their reason for being there. Part of the investigation revealed they were looking to get him. They had zip ties she had purchased . . . They planned to kidnap him or at least hold him in the house for whatever reason.”

It’s not clear why, but at one point, Woods took the victim’s car keys and got into his Ford Edge that was parked in the driveway — about the same time a neighbor called 911 about the disturbance there and two detectives nearby heard the call, police said.

“The two detectives happened to be in the neighborhood investigating something else,” Roach said. “As she was getting into the car, they were walking up the driveway. She gunned it and almost ran them over.”

The detectives jumped out of the way, and uninjured, they drove after her and stopped when she crashed into a parked car on Roosevelt Court, several streets from the Grand Street home, police said.

By that time, Persaud and the third suspect, Jeanette Ortiz, 33, had taken off from the victim’s house, police said, but investigators learned they were at Pines Motor Lodge on Taylor Avenue in Westbury.

Special operations officers and crisis negotiators convinced both suspects to come out of their motel room and they were arrested, police said.

The victim was treated at a hospital for head and face injuries and released, police said.

Woods, of 204 Street in St. Albans, was treated for minor injuries at a hospital, police said. She was charged with first-degree kidnapping, which covers attempts, first-degree burglary, second-degree conspiracy, aggravated assault, second-degree assault, third-degree grand larceny and reckless driving.

Persaud, who is homeless, was charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, second-degree conspiracy and second-degree assault.

Ortiz, of Honeywell Avenue in the Bronx, was charged with first-degree burglary.

Woods’ father said his daughter called while in custody Monday to say she had crashed into three cars and had been stabbed but was not seriously injured.

“She was crying and hysterical, so I don’t know what happened,” Clifton Woods said. He said his daughter is a supermarket cashier who lives with her boyfriend and he talks to her on social media: “To my knowledge, my daughter is a beautiful child. She was working and all that.”

Authorities said the relationships between the people in the case and details on any dispute were not clear but that more could be released during the suspects’ arraignment on Tuesday.

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