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Man faces kidnapping, extortion charges after fender-bender

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    Caleb Hughley



ELYRIA — An Oberlin man has been indicted on charges of extortion and kidnapping after allegedly threatening another driver after a minor car crash.

Caleb Hughley, 19, was indicted on two counts of kidnapping and one count each of robbery and extortion by a Lorain County grand jury, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.

The charges stem from an alleged incident that took place Sept. 6 at the Mickey Mart gas station, 155 S. Main St. in Oberlin, Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will said.

Hughley and another driver were involved in a “fender-bender” at the gas station. Afterward, Hughley got out of his car and spoke with the other driver and became “somewhat loud and aggressive,” Will said.

“The clerk (from the gas station) came out to see what was going on and calm things down,” Will said. “(Hughley) tells the driver of the other vehicle to give him $50, or he’s going to call the police.”

The other driver was intimidated by Hughley’s “actions and threats.” The other driver then told Hughley he didn’t have $50, Will said.

Hughley then allegedly told the other driver “to get the money somehow,” and followed the other driver to a bank in downtown Oberlin. When the victim went to get the money out of an ATM, Hughley allegedly changed the amount from $50 to $200.

“The victim withdrew $200 and gave it to Hughley,” Will said. “During that time, (Hughley) indicated to him that he had a weapon in his waistband. Eventually, Hughley took the $200 and drove off.”

Hughely wasn’t done, though, according to Will.

“Later on, (Hughley) went and made a report to the Oberlin Police Department (about the crash),” Will said. “It was through their follow-up investigation that they found out the rest of this incident took place.”

Hughley was arrested Saturday on the secret indictment, and he was being held in Lorain County Jail on $25,000 bond, according to jail records.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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