Thursday, June 21, 2018
Public safety

Two accused of abducting man, getting money from ATM

ST. PETERSBURG — Two people were accused Wednesday of abducting a man and forcing him to give them money from an ATM, police said.

Juliann Betancourt, 26, and Jeffrey Santiago, 49, were arrested after police released photos of the suspects who robbed a 55-year-old man, St. Petersburg police said.

Betancourt and Santiago approached the man — an acquaintance of Betancourt's — at his home on April 22, police said.

While inside, Santiago pulled out a knife and the two forced the man into an SUV. Police said they drove to an ATM at a TD Bank branch in St. Petersburg. They took his card and demanded the PIN.

Police said the two then dropped the man off at his home. Santiago drove away in the man's Ford, and Betancourt drove away in another vehicle.

Police later found the car abandoned and on fire.

Betancourt and Santiago both face charges of armed robbery. Betancourt also faces a charge of arson; and Santiago a charge of possession of a prescription drug.

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