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April 25, 2015

Police name two suspects in Philadelphia couple's abduction, robbery

Two arrested, charged with robbery, criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, and related offenses.

After an 86-year-old man and his 55-year-old girlfriend were abducted and held hostage for six hours on Thursday, police have released the names of the suspects who robbed them in an effort to obtain rental cars. 

George Saunders and Priscilla Jones were abducted and thrown into a van on Pennsgrove Street in West Philadelphia on Thursday.

The alleged abductors then drove the couple to the TD Bank location on 4th and Market Streets in Old City, where they ordered the pair to open up a checking account and make a deposit of $600. The couple complied and turned over a new debit card to their captors, which was used to rent two vehicles that presumably would not be traced directly back to the suspects. 

On Friday, however, police were able to use GPS to track down the two cars, which led to the arrest of two people by Pennsylvania state police. 

Those two suspects have been identified as 23-year-old Vashti Williams and 25-year-old Damon Cornish, both of Philadelphia, , NBC10 reports. They face charges of robbery, criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, and related offenses. 

Three other people were stopped driving toward New York on the New Jersey Turnpike near Cranberry, while police continue to search for a sixth suspect in connection with the abduction and robbery. 

Saunders, a Korean War veteran, was grateful that he and his partner were not harmed during the ordeal, but indicated that they are now more hesitant about walking through their neighborhood.