A New Jersey man is headed to trial for robbing and extorting $15,000 from a Lancaster County business owner while beating and threatening to kill the victim and his family.
Decee Karngbaye was ordered to be tried on numerous charges, including felony counts of robbery and theft by extortion, following a recent preliminary hearing.
Karngbaye, 32, beat and bound the restaurant owner on three separate days in May, all the while threatening to kill the man and his family if he didn’t hand over money.
In one instance, Karngbaye showed the victim a photo of a person being beheaded and warned that would happen to his family if he didn’t comply with demands.
Karngbaye ultimately took $15,200 from the victim.
At the preliminary hearing, Karngbaye’s attorney asked that his $2 million bail be lowered.
Assistant District Attorney Alexander Marcinko challenged that request, saying Karngbaye is a flight risk (he’s in the country on a passport), and threatened to kill the victim’s family.
District Judge Mary Mongiovi Sponaugle kept bail at $2 million, which hasn’t been posted.
Lancaster city police Officer Jason Drouillard filed charges.
Karngbaye is presumed innocent.
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