Court doc: Trio had 15-year-old child help with kidnapping, collect ransom money

Bryan A. Gonyou, Sr., Jesse J. Dillsworth, and Lisa J. Freer/ Seneca Falls Police

The indictment against three people accused of kidnapping a man and holding him hostage for over 12 hours says the trio had a 15-year-old child help them commit the alleged crime.

District Attorney Barry Porsch announced Friday that Jesse James Dillsworth, Bryan Gonyou and Lisa Freer, all of Miller Street in Seneca Falls, have been indicted on charges of first-degree Kidnapping, second-degree Grand Larceny, first-degree Conspiracy and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

Dillsworth is additionally indicted on two counts of second-degree Menacing for allegedly threatening the victim with a knife, according to Porsch.

The indictment alleges the trio abducted a man and held him captive for more than 12 hours to get a third person to pay them a ransom, according to prosecutors.

Police said earlier this week a 15-year-old child was present during the incident, however the indictment against Dillsworth, Gonyou and Freer alleges the child, referred to as "B.G.", actually helped the trio commit the crime.

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The indictment says Gonyou and B.G. drove the victim to a home on Miller Street on April 30. Inside the vehicle, Gonyou allegedly threatened to kill the victim if he did not give marijuana or money to Gonyou.

Gonyou then forced the victim into the home on Miller Street, according to the indictment, and the three suspects, along with B.G., restrained the victim for more than 12 hours.

On April 30 and May 1 another person delivered ransom money to B.G. on behalf of the victim, according to the indictment.

All three defendants are being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility without bail.

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