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Scranton Man Charged With Kidnapping

September 4, 2018

A 47-year-old Scranton man tried to kidnap a woman’s young child while right in front of the boy’s mother, forcing the woman to physically take her son back, city police charged. Samuel Uwimana, 1820 Division St., seemed to deny the allegation during a recorded interview Saturday at city police headquarters. He refuted knowing the business police believe he was kicked out of sometime around when the incident happened and said that “God is his witness,” according to a criminal complaint. Amy Cusick, the victim’s mother, told police that she and her son moved out of Uwimana’s way while on the 1600 block of Washburn Street on Saturday and the man bent over and picked up her son. The complaint does not state how old Cusick’s son is. A birth announcement from 2016 indicates the child is a toddler. “Amy was still shaking,” Officer William Hayes wrote in a criminal complaint. “She’s never seen this male before and hasn’t seen anything like this since she’s lived here.” Cusick physically took her boy back. Uwimana started to flee. The Lackawanna County 911 reported to police that Uwimana had been kicked out of the nearby Villa Maria II and then Cusick lost sight of him. An ambulance crew saw Uwimana walk into West Side Food and Beer on South Main Avenue and police stopped him. An officer drove Cusick to the store and she identified him as the man who picked up her child. Investigators asked if Cusick gave Uwimana any reason to believe he could pick her son up. She said no. Uwimana is charged with kidnapping and disorderly conduct. He’s in Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday. Contact the writer: jkohut@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9144; @jkohutTT on Twitter.

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