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New Kensington man sentenced in 2 kidnapping cases

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 4:09 p.m.
New Kensington police charged Andre Johnson of New Kensington with kidnapping, theft, drug possession and other charges after he allegedly forced a woman to drive him around the city on Friday, July 5, 2013.
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New Kensington police charged Andre Johnson of New Kensington with kidnapping, theft, drug possession and other charges after he allegedly forced a woman to drive him around the city on Friday, July 5, 2013.

A New Kensington man was sentenced Tuesday to 2 12 to five years in prison on two kidnapping charges.

Andre Isaac Johnson, 24, pleaded guilty before Westmoreland County Judge Richard McCormick Jr.

On July 3, 2013, Johnson asked a man for a ride to a New Kensington convenience store to cash in a lottery ticket, police said.

When the victim refused, Johnson pulled out a handgun and said, “You'll take me anywhere I want to go,” according to court documents.

The victim drove Johnson to several convenience stores in the Lower Burrell and New Kensington areas and eventually dropped him off.

The next day, the victim received a voicemail from Johnson with the sound of 16 gunshots and two threatening text messages, according to documents.

On July 5, 2013, Johnson allegedly jumped in a woman's vehicle in New Kensington and forced her to drive him around the city.

Police said Johnson threatened repeatedly to hurt the woman, but did not show a weapon.

Johnson eventually got out of the woman's car, but took her purse, police said.

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