Two 19-year-old men are set to appear in city court this afternoon (December 26), accused of kidnapping and threatening an 18-year-old man who had given a statement against Fink to police the week prior regarding an unrelated assault.
Facing a slew of serious charges are Donovan Fink Jr., of Homer Avenue in Cortland, and Devin Hines, of Buffalo Hill Road in Caroline.
According to Cortland City Police Detective Lt. Michael Strangeway, the duo broke into the victim’s home on Pomeroy Street and forced him out by choking him and tying his wrists with a cord – all at knifepoint.
They then forced him into a white Dodge Ram truck that belongs to Hanes’ girlfriend
Once in the vehicle, the men wrapped the victim’s head with an article of clothing that covered his eyes, ears and mouth and began driving to a camper in Slaterville, which Hines uses as a residence.
While enroute, the victim recalled a point when Fink chained his ankles together and made Hines stop the truck along a desolate dirt road, where he forced him out and to the ground, threatening to tie his chains to the back of the truck and drag him along the road.
Instead, they eventually re-entered the truck and continued on to Slaterville, where Fink and Hines led the victim into the woods and pushed him into a creek, before bringing him inside the camper and threatening to kill him if he gave another statement to police.
Hines then brought him home the next day, but the victim says he spent the next few days in hiding at a friend’s house before he could be convinced to call police.
He did suffer bruising, but didn’t require any medical treatment.
The arrests were ultimately made on Monday (December 23).
Fink is now charged with five felonies and three misdemeanors, with Hines getting hit with three felonies for his role in the incident.
Lt. Strangeway said there are witnesses to portions of this incident and they are cooperating with investigators. Anyone with additional information is urged to call the City Police at (607) 753-3001.