Bank workers help woman escape kidnapping and abuse

CARBONDALE, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Carbondale man is facing multiple charges after police say he held a woman captive and she escaped with the help of bank workers.

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Carbondale Police were called to the PNC Bank on South Main Street on Wednesday after receiving numerous robbery alarms. Once the officers arrived, they say a bank employee greeted them at the door and explained that a woman had applied for a “HELP” loan.

Police say the victim, who requested the “loan“, was accompanied by Wilson Medina-Garcia, 36, who was taken into custody. Police said they questioned the victim who told them she had been held hostage and abused since 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities say Medina-Garcia took the victim to the bank and asked him to take out a $5,000 loan. It was during this that the victim asked tellers for a “HELP” loan and was able to alert the police, according to court documents.

When the police arrived, they say the victim started shouting “arrest me, arrest me”, because she didn’t want Medina-Garcia to know that she had found a way to alert the police.

Police say they went to the Carbondale home where Medina-Garcia allegedly kept the victim and found a room with a lock on the outside of the door, broken glass and a broken cellphone.

Medina-Garcia is charged with two counts of kidnapping, terrorist threats, assault and unlawful coercion. He is currently being held in the Lackawanna County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.