2 suspects in PIN bandit, kidnap case surrender
Two men sought in a bizarre kidnapping and robbery of a man, who had paid them for a ride and was forced to turn over PINs for his stolen debit cards, surrendered Saturday a day after police made a public appeal for help in finding the suspects.
Peter Ferraro Jr., 24, of East Rocks Road in Norwalk and Andrew "Drew" Frank Jr., 21, of Highview Avenue in Stamford, turned themselves in at police headquarters and were charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery. Ferraro also was charged with credit card theft, illegal use of a credit card and sixth-degree larceny.
Both men were held on $150,000 bond and were scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Norwalk Superior Court.
The pair's surrender came a day after police, who described them as "armed and dangerous," issued warrants for their arrest in connection with the Wednesday incident in which they are accused holding hostage a New York City man, who apparently got off a train at the wrong station in East Norwalk, on a harrowing ride through Westport as they demanded that he give them the PINs for his debit cards.
The incident began about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday when the man got off a northbound train in East Norwalk and walked to a nearby gas station, where he agreed to pay $10 to Ferraro and Frank for a ride, police said. The two men were accompanied by two young women, who do not face charges at this time.
After driving around unfamiliar streets, the victim told police that Ferraro pulled over the car, and the man was ordered out of the car at knifepoint. Ferraro and Frank demanded more money from the victim and then took away his wallet.
Ferraro and Frank blocked an attempt by the man to flee, police said, and he was ordered back into the car, where the men demanded that he give them the PINs for the debit cards in his wallet.
Frank eventually left the car, but police said Ferraro continued holding the victim at knifepoint until he eventually agreed to divulge the PINs. The victim was released in the area of Kings Highway North and Wright Street, according to the report.
Ferraro later used the victim's cards at two local bank ATMs, police said
Police said they were assisted by Norwalk and Stamford police in the investigation.