Philadelphia Man Convicted In Main Line Attempted Kidnapping

PHILADELPHIA, PA — A Philadelphia man was discovered responsible of following a Lower Merion Township girl into an elevator in 2020 and attempting to kidnap and rob her.

On Wednesday, a Montgomery County jury discovered Kent William Powe responsible on prices of tried kidnapping, theft, possession of a prohibited firearm, false imprisonment, and two counts of possession of an instrument of crime, courtroom information present. The first three prices are felonies.

His sentencing date has not but been set.

Officials mentioned Powe, 60, tracked a lady into the Royal Athena Apartment Complex in Bala Cynwyd on Nov. 4. He adopted her into the elevator, put a gun to her again, and mentioned “you know what this is,” in accordance with police.

The girl ran away from the elevator and the person, later recognized as Powe, drove away in a darkish automotive with the license plate lined up.

Police arrested Powe in December 2020 exterior a house in Delaware County. He has been in jail in Montgomery County since, courtroom information present. Judge Risa Vetri Ferman revoked his $1 million bail after the trial, a report says.

Powe represented himself in courtroom, the Main Line Times and Suburban reported. The jury deliberated for simply over three hours after three days of testimony, in accordance with that report.

Prosecutors mentioned the sufferer within the Lower Merion Township kidnapping needed to move out of the country to really feel protected, in accordance with the Times and Suburban.

Powe, 60, was additionally related to 2 tried kidnappings in Cherry Hill, N.J., officers mentioned.

On Nov. 14, a lady was approached by a person later recognized as Powe on Pacer Court, police mentioned. The man tried to begin a dialog together with her earlier than he immediately pushed her to the bottom, police mentioned. When the girl screamed, the person drove away in a darkish sedan.

Officials mentioned Powe additionally tried to kidnap a lady who was strolling in a parking storage within the Plaza Grande Apartments on Park Boulevard at about 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20.

In that incident, he robbed her at gunpoint and tried to pressure her into the trunk of his automotive, however she managed to flee, police mentioned. Read More: Suspect In Cherry Hill Attempted Kidnappings Arrested: Police

The two girls testified at his trial, the Times and Suburban reported.

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