An Albany man stands accused of kidnapping and abandoning a couple who lived at his home because he wasn’t entitled to kick them out before May, police said.
48-year-old Shawn Douglas allegedly threatened tenants early Sunday, identified only as a 21-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man, with the help of two other suspects.
The trio broke into the victims’ room as they slept and at gunpoint covered their faces with pillowcases and drove them away to an abandoned cemetery.
The victims were tied and left for dead about 35 miles away from where they lived.
The woman managed to free herself and ask for help from locals.
Authorities said that Douglas wanted to remove the tenants out of his property but couldn’t due to a Covid eviction moratorium.
Douglas was charged with kidnapping. His bond was set at $50,000.