RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- Authorities arrested a third man in connection with the kidnapping and robbery of a local cab driver carjacked in Ridgewood.
Guillermo Carrillo-Iraheta, 18, was arrested Tuesday night in Mahwah by members of a task force comprised of federal, state, county and local authorities, village Police Chief John Ward said Wednesday.
Daily Voice readers reported seeing a man stopped and arrested earlier on Route 17 in Mahwah, but it turned out to be Carrillo-Iraheta's brother.
Already in custody were Jostin Vidal Reyes of Waldwick and Wilbur J. Barhona of Ridgewood, both 20, who were picked up Monday following more than a month and a half of intensive work.
Like them, Carrillo-Iraheta was ordered held on $400,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail.
All are charged with various counts of robbery, aggravated assault, cajacking, kidnapping and weapons offenses.
Authorities said Reyes, Barhona and Carrillo-Iraheta got into a cab in Paterson around 3 a.m. Dec. 26 for a ride to Waldwick."Once they got to Ridgewood, they decided to rob him and kidnap him," village Police Chief John Ward told Daily Voice.First they ordered the cabbie to pull over on North Monroe Street in Ridgewood, the chief said.
They then kidnapped him and took him in his taxi to a spot on the New York Thruway, where they dumped him on the side of the road, he said.
The multi-agency task force that cracked the cases was made up of agents from the FBI and ICE, investigators from the New Jersey State Police, New York State Police and Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, and members of the Suffern, Ridgewood, Mahwah, Hawthorne and Waldwick.
The investigation was continuing.
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