Marine vet, 81, held hostage in motel for 4 years

2016-07-21 18:10


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Highlands – A New York man is accused of holding an 81-year-old Marine Corps veteran hostage in a motel for at least four years to steal his benefits cheques.

Perry Coniglio, 43, was arrested on Tuesday in his room adjoining the victim's at a motel in Highlands. The motel is next door to the Hudson Valley town's police station.

Police say Coniglio used brute force and intimidation to get the elderly and diminished veteran to co-operate with him. Investigators say the victim received three cheques every month. The amounts weren't released.

The victim has been taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Coniglio was held in jail on Thursday on $15 000 bail.

The charges against him include grand larceny and unlawful imprisonment.

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