An armed suspect stormed Michael Bloomberg‘s Colorado ranch and kidnapped the previous mayor’s housekeeper whereas stating he wished to “make a world scene” with the billionaire or his daughters.
Joseph Beecher, 48, allegedly rammed his truck via the $45 million ranch’s gate on Wednesday and kidnapped Amanda Edinger at gunpoint. He then compelled her to drive him via metro Denver and into Wyoming in her car, after attempting to cover his broken truck in an embankment, court docket paperwork mentioned.
Cops caught up with Beecher and Edinger Thursday at a Cheyenne motel, the place Beecher was allegedly armed with an AR-15 and a handgun.
The Bloombergs weren’t residence on the time of the assault and the housekeeper was not injured.
Edinger advised police that Beecher kissed her on the brow and advised her he would kill her if she have been a person, in line with an arrest affidavit. He additionally compelled her to withdraw cash from an ATM and made “many threatening statements,” she claimed.
Beecher advised Edinger he had gone to the native airport throughout the summer time to search for the 79-year-old three-term mayor and former Democratic presidential contender, court docket paperwork mentioned. He additionally allegedly requested her concerning the whereabouts of Emma and Georgina Bloomberg, referring to the ladies by identify.
The suspect lived about 70 miles away from the Bloomberg residence and had no connection to the excessive profile household or his sufferer, police mentioned. He had labored as a handyman in trade for housing, however was fired from the job and evicted from his residence a day earlier than the kidnapping, in line with the affidavit.
Beecher was jailed in Wyoming and confronted federal kidnapping costs.
“We’re deeply grateful to the Rio Blanco County Sheriff’s workplace, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Wyoming legislation enforcement, the FBI and different people for his or her swift and heroic motion on this case in guaranteeing that no lives have been misplaced and that the sufferer has been rescued and safely returned to her household,” Bloomberg’s spokesperson Ty Trippet mentioned in an announcement.
With AP wires