EXCLUSIVE: Two men and a woman from Jersey City who were arrested in the April abduction of a Bogota woman had her drive them around Hudson County in an attempt to obtain a ransom for her, an indictment returned by a grand jury in Hackensack alleges.
The 25-year-old victim told police that one of her abductors — later identified as 25-year-old Spring Funches-Mikell — knocked at her Ridgefield Avenue apartment, claiming to be a door-to-door salesperson.
When she opened the door, she said, a man identified as 27-year-old Jeff Theophile appeared, pointing a black handgun at her.
After pushing their way in, the two ransacked the apartment, then forced the woman into her car for a ride “to various locations in Hudson County before she was released unharmed on Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City,” police said at the time.
The indictment handed up in Hackensack discloses that the woman was snatched from her apartment “for the purpose of holding her for ransom.” Two of them used to work with her fiancé, authorities said.
After the victim came to headquarters, Bogota Police Capt. James Sepp, Sgt. Daniel Maye and Officer Hector Liriano developed information leading to the identification of those charged.
One of them, 24-year-old Jean Marie Theophile, was quickly arrested at his job in North Bergen.
Aware that the detectives were looking for them, Funches-Mikell and Jeff Theophile surrendered to detectives at Bogota police headquarters.
The indictment charges Jean and Jeff Theophile, as well as Funches-Mikell, with conspiracy to commit armed burglary, displaying a deadly weapon, abduction, threatening bodily injury and threatening assault “with the urpose to terrorize or in reckless disregard.”
A month after the arrests, both Funches-Mikell and Jean Marie Theophile each posted a bail that was cut in half to $150,000.
Jeff Theophile, whose bail was reduced to $125,000 from $300,000, posted it and was released on June 4, records show.
ABOVE: Spring Funches Mikell, Jeff Theophile, Jean Theophile (MUGSHOTS: Courtesy Bogota PD)