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    Partner threatened to shoot kidnap victim, suspect says

    ©Associated Press
    February 8, 2003

    MIAMI -- A kidnapping suspect told police he got in over his head with a stranger who he said threatened to shoot a postal worker at the beginning of a televised chase and standoff.

    "Don't move. I'll shoot," Nevia Abraham allegedly said when he abducted the worker in her mail truck as she was beginning her route Jan. 31. A copy of the statement given by co-defendant Jonathan Hamilton to police hours later was obtained Friday by the Associated Press.

    Hamilton, 48, was ordered held without bail Friday on federal kidnap, assault and weapons charges carrying possible life prison terms. Abraham, 38, who faces the same charges, lost his bail request Thursday.

    Abraham testified at his hearing that he kidnapped mail carrier Tanya Mitchell to use her in a ploy to get his ex-girlfriend to open her door so Abraham could snatch their two sons, ages 2 and 4.

    Hamilton said he saw Abraham's two guns shortly before Mitchell's abduction but was too scared to do anything until she drove off with Abraham. He acknowledged that he knew Abraham had Mitchell at gunpoint and planned to use her to break into a house.

    Hamilton was arrested after the postal truck drove off. Abraham forced Mitchell to lead police on a slow 90-minute chase, then held her hostage for two hours before releasing her. He surrendered an hour later.

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