On July 4, at approximately 9:15 p.m. officers of the Oswego City Police Department responded to Walmart, 341 SR 104 in Oswego, regarding a male who had informed store employees that he had been being held against his will.
After an interview of the 24-year-old male victim, it was alleged that the victim had been sexually assaulted in the Greece, NY, area.
According to the victim, following the assault, he was bound by possibly three individuals who then forced the victim to transport them to the Oswego area.
The victim, under threat of being harmed with a firearm, was forced to transfer money, make purchases with his credit card, and provide transportation to his captors until he was able to break free at the Oswego Walmart.
The suspects fled the scene with the victim’s vehicle prior to police arrival.
A preliminary investigation by Oswego Police, including review of surveillance video at various Oswego locations, and confirmation of a concurrent investigation of the incident by the Greece Police Department, corroborated the allegations.
An extensive multi-jurisdictional investigation was conducted in which; one of suspects was identified and believed to be from the Rochester area, the victim’s vehicle was located in the city of Oswego, evidence was collected from both jurisdictions (city of Oswego and town of Greece) and additional information regarding the circumstances leading up to the incidents in Greece were determined.
On July 5, while following up on the investigation, Oswego City Police officers were alerted to the possibility that at least one of the suspects may be headed back to the Oswego area.
Oswego Police located a suspect vehicle in the city of Oswego and attempted to conduct a felony stop on the vehicle to apprehend the suspects.
The suspects attempted to flee and led police on a brief vehicular pursuit.
Multiple police agencies assisted in the pursuit which ended on State Route 104 A in the town of Sterling, NY, where the vehicle eventually stopped and the suspects complied with police orders.
Two of the suspects from the kidnapping incident, Ronald A. Barber Jr. and Shelby M. Hodge, were taken into custody at that time without further incident.
Based on police information, the identity and approximate location of the third suspect was determined, Oswego Police conducted surveillance operations at several locations until, on July 7, 2016, the third suspect; Carl M. Jones Jr., was located and arrested without incident.
At this time, Oswego Police have arrested three suspects in the case.
Shelby M. Hodge – DOB: 9/22/93
325 IDA Red Lane, Ontario, NY 14519
Ronald A. Barber Jr. – 7/15/81
38 Marlborough Road, Rochester, NY 14619
Carl M. Jones Jr. – DOB: 7/15/92
5409 Fosdick Road, Ontario, NY 14519
All three subjects have been charged in Oswego with:
1 count of PL 135.20 Kidnapping in the second degree, a class B Felony
2 counts of PL 155.30 Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, a class E Felony
1 count of PL 165.45 Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the fourth degree, a class E Felony
Upon arraignment in Oswego City Court;
Shelby Hodge was remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility in lieu of 25,000.00 bail / $50,000.00 bond.
Ronald A. Barber Jr. was remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility with no bail
Carl M. Jones Jr. was remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility with no bail.
Return court dates, for all three defendants, is July 12.
Additional charges are pending against Shelby M. Hodge as a result of the vehicle pursuit.
The town of Greece Police Department is currently conducting further investigation into the incidents that occurred in their jurisdiction and, according to a press release from the Greece Police Department; they are charging Shelby Hodge, and Carl Jones Jr., with Kidnapping 2nd (B-felony), Robbery 2nd (C-felony), Grand Larceny 3rd (D-felony), and Grand Larceny 4th (E-felony). Hodge and Barber are additionally charged with Aggravated Sexual Abuse 1st (B-felony) and Assault 2nd (D-felony).
The Oswego Police Department wishes to thank all of the members of the various law enforcement agencies who assisted in this investigation and specifically the members of town of Greece Police Department for their invaluable assistance.
As stated, this is an ongoing investigation and further charges may be pending. Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the Oswego City Police Department at 342-8120.