Alleged Donora vigilante faces kidnap charge
A man sitting on a Monongahela street bench Sunday afternoon was snatched up and thrown into the back of a car as his fiancee watched in horror.
Today, the victim is recovering from injuries suffered in the incident and his alleged kidnapper is facing numerous criminal counts.
Andre Wilkerson, 29, and Crystal Dunmeyer, 34, both of 1222 McKean Ave., Donora, were arrested for their alleged roles in the 5:15 p.m. incident.
Wilkerson allegedly told Officer Ryan Lenzi he used Facebook to ask friends about William Sawicky's whereabouts.
Wilkerson allegedly believed his TV had been stolen by Sawicky.
Monongahela police Chief Brian Tempest said Sawicky and Jillian Brown were sitting on a bench in front of the fire hall and police station at 449 W. Main St. when a car stopped in front of them.
Brown told police a man, later identified as Wilkerson, got out, grabbed Sawicky by the back of the head and shoved him into the back seat.
The alleged driver, Dunmeyer, then took off toward Donora.
“We had witnesses telling us it looked like something they'd seen on TV,” Tempest said.
When Brown called police, she was “irate and crying, yelling, ‘they took my fiance,'” Tempest said.
Brown told police Wilkerson is her stepbrother and that she stole his TV the day before and sold it for drug money.
“She said (Wilkerson) probably thinks Sawicky stole the TV,” Tempest said.
Brown accompanied Monongahela police to Carroll Township's Black Diamond section, where they saw Sawicky badly injured on the side of the road.
“He had an enlarged jaw,” Tempest said of Sawicky. “He was spitting blood, covered in abrasions.”
Sawicky managed to say, “they beat me up” as he began to lose consciousness, police said.
As Sawicky was being treated by ambulance personnel, Donora police stopped Dunmeyer's car and arrested the pair.
Wilkerson allegedly told police he was upset nothing was being done about his TV being stolen, so he took matters in his own hands via his Facebook page.
“He uploaded a post on Facebook asking if anyone knows where (Sawicky) is to contact him,” Tempest said. “Someone told him he was on the bench.”
Sawicky was transported to Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township for treatment.
Wilkerson is charged with felony kidnapping, unlawful restraint, aggravated assault and three counts of conspiracy. He faces lesser counts of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct.
Dunmeyer is charged with felony unlawful restraint and conspiracy and a summary count of disorderly conduct.
Each was arraigned via video at Night Court by Magisterial District Judge Larry Hopkins in Charleroi and sent to the Washington County Correctional Facility.
He set Wilkerson's bond at $50,000 straight cash. He set Dunmeyer's bond at $35,000 straight cash.
Each faces a preliminary hearing 2:15 p.m. May 29 before Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson in Monongahela.
Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.