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Police: Brooklyn man put girlfriend in trunk, kidnapped her

Arturo Gurley, 20, of Brooklyn, was arrested early

Arturo Gurley, 20, of Brooklyn, was arrested early Friday, June 9, 2017, and charged with kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and obstruction of breathing, Nassau County police said. Credit: NCPD

A 20-year-old man was arrested early Friday and charged with kidnapping after he pushed his girlfriend into the trunk of her car in Elmont and drove to his Brooklyn apartment, where he placed a sock in her mouth, taped her mouth shut, and held her captive, police said.

The victim, identified only as a 19-year-old from Long Island, was released unharmed after about four to five hours, Nassau County police said. Police said that after being released the victim was able to drive home — where she then called 911.

The incident began at about 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, police said.

The suspect, identified as Arturo Gurley, of Navy Walk, Brooklyn, was arrested near his home at 1:50 a.m. Friday, police said. He was charged with second-degree kidnapping, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, obstruction of breathing and third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle.

At his arraignment Friday in First District Court in Hempstead, he was ordered held on $150,000 cash bail or bond, and a temporary order of protection was issued, according to online court records. He was represented by Legal Aid, court records show, which does not comment on pending cases.

Police did not detail a motive.

According to police, Gurley met with his girlfriend at an unspecified location in Elmont and “convinced” her to exit her vehicle. He then “proceeded to take the victim’s cellphone and keys,” police said in a written account of the incident, then “pushed her inside of the trunk and closed it.”

Police said Gurley then drove the car to Downtown Brooklyn. There, he “walked the victim inside his apartment” — and placed the sock in her mouth, taping it shut with duct tape.

Police did not provide additional details of the incident. It also was unclear how long Gurley has known the victim.

Court records show Gurley is represented by Legal Aid, which does not comment on cases.


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