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Bail raised to $1 million for Bronx man in Cliffside Park kidnapping

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Municipal Court judge today hiked bail to $1 million for a Bronx fugitive extradited to Bergen County in connection with the September abduction of a Cliffside Park man.

Basilio Garcia, 32, was arrested earlier this month by Port Authority police for his alleged role in the Sept. 2 abduction of a 36-year-old borough man from Main Street in what police said was a failed attempt to collect a debt.

Besides kidnapping, aggravated assault and weapons offenses, Garcia ( above, left ) faces a long list of other charges stemming from the discovery of several bogus credit and ID cards in his car, which the trio abandoned after it crashed in Fort Lee.

They include:

  • 9 counts of possessing false identification;
  • 7 counts of wrongful impersonation;
  • 2 counts of possessing a false credit card.

Port Authority police grabbed Garcia in the Bronx’s sprawling 43rd precinct on Nov. 3, borough Detective Sgt. Michael Giampietro told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . He waived extradition and was brought to the Bergen County Jail on Friday.

Garcia’s bail originally was set at $600,000 but was increased by Judge Michael Shuhala following an investigation by borough investigators.

The victim was struck with a blunt object — possibly a gun — and then let out of the car after his abductors realized he didn’t have any money, Cliffside Park Police Chief Donald Keane said.

Bleeding from the head, he approached a special officer stationed at Anderson and Knox avenues and told him what happened, the chief said. The officer immediately summoned help.

Around the same time, Fairview police issued a broadcast with a description of the silver Acura MDX, with Florida license plates.

Residents had called them after seeing the man beaten and dragged into the car outside the Carlia Court apartments at Main Street and Nagle Streets just after 9:30 p.m.

Fort Lee police quickly began chasing the Acura SUV, Keane said.

All three bailed out on Nordhoff Drive, on Fort Lee’s border with Leonia, after the vehicle crashed. One was caught soon after by a Bergen County K9 unit and another by a Fort Lee officer, the chief said.

An intense search was mounted for Garcia, concentrating on the Leonia area.

Officers from Cliffside Park, Fort Lee and Leonia were joined by Port Authority and Bergen County police, as well as a New Jersey State Police helicopter.

Luis A. Brea, 33, and 32-year-old Anthony A. Espinal-Inoa, also of the Bronx ( mugshots, above ), were charged with kidnapping and aggravated assault. In addition, Brea was charged with criminal resraint and Espinal-Inoa with two illegal weapons counts.

Brea was released two weeks later on $150,000 bail, which a judge had reduced from $500,000 following a hearing.

Espinal-Inoa got the same reduction, but he remained held this morning at the Bergen County Jail.


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