All 5 Charged in Kidnapping Case in Custody; Prelim Hearings Held for 3
December 4, 2018
The five individuals charged in a Lancaster County kidnapping-extortion case are all in custody, the most recent arrest happening Friday.
Four men and a woman are charged in connection with the kidnapping of a 40-year-old Columbia man, who was held at gunpoint for three days as the captors demanded money.
The man was kidnapped Nov. 14 at Wal-Mart on Fruitville Pike in Manheim Township. Police made arrests in Columbia on Nov. 16.
None of the five charged held permanent addresses. They are:
- Paul Stauffer III, 32, charged with kidnapping, robbery, and related counts.
- Steven Cornelius, 30, charged with robbery, unlawful restraint, and related counts.
- Kieffer Napolitan, 27, charged with robbery, unlawful restraint, and related counts.
- Jordan Yost, 24, charged with kidnapping, robbery, and related counts.
- Nicholas Pottorff, 29, charged with unlawful restraint and related counts.
All five are at Lancaster County Prison.
Manheim Township police filed charges, with approval from Assistant District Attorney Christine L. Wilson.
Pottorff was charged Nov. 30 and was also arrested, by Ephrata police, that day for an unrelated incident.
Yost was arrested Nov. 29.
Stauffer, Cornelius and Napolitan were arrested on Nov. 16. They had preliminary hearings on Nov. 30. All three were ordered to be tried in Lancaster County Court. Stauffer had a hearing; Cornelius and Napolitan waived their hearings.
Preliminary hearings for Yost and Pottorff are upcoming.
All five are presumed innocent.
(Photo: Yost, left, and Stauffer; they are charged with the most serious offenses.)