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June 05, 2015

Two men arrested in Jewelers' Row abduction, torture

ATF agents announce new arrests in April 4 attack

Two men were arrested on Thursday in connection with the abduction and torture of a 54-year-old jewelry store clerk, according to federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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According to NBC 10, the two additional suspects, 26-year-old Basil Buie and 35-year-old Salahudin Shaheed, were taken into custody Thursday evening after an extensive investigation following the arrest of 31-year-old Khayree Gay in the days following the April 4 attack.

That afternoon, police say the three suspects grabbed the victim inside of a parking garage at 8th and Chestnut Streets. Investigators say she was then thrown into a van, where the suspects placed a hood over her head and zip-tied her hands. The suspects stole $800 in cash from the victim, took her ring and demanded that she give them her debit card PIN as well as codes to the alarm and safe at National Watch and Diamond Exchange.

Unable to provide the suspects with the codes, investigators say the victim was driven around, beaten repeatedly and stunned with a Taser before eventually being thrown from the van at Mount Lawn Cemetery in Darby, Pennsylvania. She reportedly suffered a concussion and broken ribs, in addition to mental trauma.

Buie and Shaheed are due in court on Friday. All three suspects face federal kidnapping charges and related offenses.