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North Carolina Man Charged For Multiple Center City Kidnappings

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIAActing United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Jacob Montague, 35, of Wilson, North Carolina, was charged by Indictment for the attempted kidnapping of one woman, and the kidnapping of a second woman in Center City Philadelphia in late 2020. The defendant is currently in custody and will have his initial appearance in federal court on Friday, January 29; the government will be moving for detention pending trial.

According to the Indictment, the first incident occurred on the night of November 1, 2020. Montague allegedly wielded a knife near the intersection of 20th and Spruce Streets in an attempt to abduct the victim. Then the following day, on November 2, 2020, Montague allegedly parked his vehicle near the intersection of 24th and Spruce Streets and abducted a young woman at knifepoint, dragging her into his vehicle.

“Kidnapping is a terrifying experience for the victims,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Williams. “As alleged in the Indictment, the defendant was relentless in his pursuit, trying two days in a row to kidnap someone at knifepoint. We hope everyone can rest easier knowing that he is now facing federal charges.”

“Anyone trying to forcibly kidnap strangers off the street is a clear menace to society,” said Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “Violent criminals like that need to be locked up, for everyone’s safety. The FBI thanks our partners at the Philadelphia Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police for their assistance with the investigation that’s led to these federal charges against Jacob Montague.”

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of life in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the assistance of the Pennsylvania State Police and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael R. Miller and Priya T. DeSouza.                                                         

An Indictment, Information or Criminal Complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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Updated January 27, 2021

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