Suspects Finally Arrested and Charged in $1.8 Million Ether Kidnapping from 2017


A cryptocurrency millionaire was robbed of his holdings at gunpoint by four men in New York in November 2017. Only one of the suspects, 35-year-old Louis Meza, was apprehended and charged in December 2017, but the long arm of the law has finally caught up with the three other accomplices.

NY Daily News reported on June 12 that three additional suspects had been arrested and charged in the kidnapping, bringing the six month-old case to a close. Cesar (Fuego) Guzman, 38, Allan (Joker) Nunez, 36, and Darrell (Bishop) Colon, 37, all allegedly members of a Bronx biker gang, are facing charges of kidnapping and grand larceny, among others.

According to the authorities, Meza, a friend of the victim, set up the wealthy ETH holder by convincing him to get into a fake Uber vehicle, where Nunez was driving and Colon was hiding in the backseat with what Colon later claimed was a BB gun. The two suspects drove the victim around for two hours in a bid to coerce him to reveal the location of his private key.

Meza and Guzman broke into the victim’s home and used the information obtained by their accomplices to steal $1.8 million in ETH from the victim. Authorities revealed that most of the holdings were later recovered.

Each of the three suspects are held on at least $50,000 in bail and face up to 25 years in prison.

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