Special News Release - Kidnapping & Robbery Incident - Monday 11/26/2018

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UPDATED 11/29/2018 AND 12/4/2018

ARRESTED & INCARCERATED
Jordan J. Yost
White, Non-Hispanic Male, 24 years old, homeless
Charges: Kidnapping, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, Robbery of Motor Vehicle, Theft By Unlawful Taking, Unlawful Restraint, Terroristic Threats
Bail: $1,000,000.00

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ARRESTED & INCARCERATED
Paul Howard Stauffer, III
White, Non-Hispanic Male, 32 years old, homeless
Charges: Kidnapping, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, Robbery, Receiving Stolen Property, Terroristic Threats, Unlawful Restraint
Bail: $1,000,000.00

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ARRESTED & INCARCERATED
Steven Earl Cornelius
White, Non-Hispanic Male, 30 years old, homeless
Charges: Robbery, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault, Unlawful Restraint
Bail: $500,000.00

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ARRESTED & INCARCERATED
Kieffer Shayla Napolitan
White, Non-Hispanic Female, 27 years old, homeless
Charges: Robbery, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Terroristic Threats, Simple Assault, Unlawful Restraint
Bail: $500,000.00

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ARRESTED & INCARCERATED
Nicholas Anthony Pottorff
White, Non-Hispanic Male, 29 years old, homeless
Charges: Unlawful Restraint, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Unlawful Restraint, Simple Assault


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At 11:22 a.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2018, a 40-year-old male from Columbia, PA, was voluntarily with Jordan J. Yost, M/24, homeless, at the Walmart at 2030 Fruitville Pike in Manheim Township.  At that time, the 40-year-old male and Yost got into a dispute over Yost’s use of the victim’s vehicle.  Yost pulled a handgun on the male victim and forced the victim into his vehicle, holding him against his will.  Yost then drove the victim to a location in Lancaster City, where Yost met an acquaintance, Paul Howard Stauffer, III, M/32, homeless.

Yost and Stauffer repeatedly beat and pistol-whipped the victim, while videotaping the incident.  A third person known to police, but yet to be charged, also participated in the beatings of the victim.  After several hours, Yost took the victim’s cell phone, various pieces of jewelry, and the victim’s vehicle.  Yost left the victim with Stauffer.

During the daylight hours of Thursday, November 15, 2018, Stauffer forced the victim to meet up with two acquaintances of Stauffer, Steven Earl Cornelius, M/30, and Kieffer Shayla Napolitan, F/27, both homeless.  Stauffer, Cornelius, and Napolitan then forced the victim to walk to various stores throughout Lancaster City and forced him to use his PA electronic benefits transfer access card to obtain food and money for illegal drugs.

During the evening hours of Thursday, November 15, 2018, Stauffer, Cornelius, and Napolitan forced the victim to board a Red Rose Transit Bus from Lancaster City to Columbia Borough, PA.  Upon arrival, they forced the victim back to his apartment where they continued to hold him against his will.  Inside the apartment, Stauffer, Cornelius, and Napolitan began to steal items from the victim.  They also made a recording of them beating the victim, threatening him by holding a knife to his face, and pointing a paintball gun at his head. 

During the morning hours of Friday, November 16, 2018, Stauffer, Cornelius, and Napolitan attempted extortion with the victim’s family, by demanding they pay money for his release.  While doing so, they were seated in a vehicle near the victim’s house.  At the same time, Stauffer, Cornelius, Napolitan, and the victim were observed sitting in the car, by Columbia Borough Police on routine patrol in the area.  The three suspects and the victim then returned to the victim’s apartment.  Moments later, the Columbia Borough Police responded to the apartment to check on the victim’s welfare and determined that he had been kidnapped days before, held against his will, robbed, and assaulted. 

Stauffer, Cornelius, and Napolitan were taken into custody.  The victim was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later released.  Stauffer, Cornelius, and Napolitan were taken to Central Arraignment where they failed to post bail and were remanded to Lancaster County Prison.  A warrant was obtained for Yost’s arrest.

UPDATE 11/29/2018
Yost was captured on November 29, 2018 and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge David P. Miller who set bail at $1,000,000.00 which he could not post.  He was remanded to Lancaster County Prison.  There are additional charges pending at this time against the acquaintance of Yost’s who also assaulted the victim on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

UPDATE 12/4/2018
Detectives filed a criminal complaint against Nicholas Anthony Pottorff, M/29, homeless, for the charges of Unlawful Restraint, Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Unlawful Restraint, and Simple Assault for his actions stemming from this incident on November 14, 2018.  A warrant for his arrest was obtained and he was located the same day by Ephrata Police during an unrelated incident.  Pottorff was taken to Lancaster County Prison where he remains at this time.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130, piacentm@police.co.lancaster.pa.us

Date: 
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Reference ID: 
MT-18-10462

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