Woman Accused of Kidnapping Girlfriend During Home Invasion

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    Investigators say the incident occurred Wednesday morning along the 5400 block of Boulevard Grand Cru in Upper Saucon Township.

    An Allentown woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly kidnapped her estranged girlfriend during a home invasion. 

    Nakia Monique Rivera, 28, is charged with kidnapping, robbery, false imprisonment and other related offenses.

    Home Invasion and Possible Kidnapping

    [PHI] Home Invasion and Possible Kidnapping
    A 73-year old man in Upper Saucon Twp said a woman and 3 men knocked on his door and claimed to be looking for a party. They then tied him up and stole a number of items from his home including his Mercedes Benz. He also said that a 36-year old woman in the house who has been helping him write a book was taken with the intruders. NBC10's Doug Shimell has the details. (Published Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014)

    Investigators tell Lehigh Valley Live that the ordeal began in early July when Rivera allegedly punched her girlfriend Katherine Frank in the nose during an argument, prompting Frank to leave her. Investigators say Rivera wanted her back and asked three men to help her when she found out Frank was staying at the home of 73-year-old Russell Yurchak on the 5400 block of Boulevard Grand Cru in Upper Saucon Township.

    Yurchak told police that Rivera and the three men knocked on his door the morning of July 16, claiming they were searching for Katie. They then allegedly forced their way inside the house, guns drawn

    “They tied him up, placed a gun to his head and proceeded to steal items from the residence in addition to stealing his Mercedes car,” said Upper Saucon Township Police Chief Robert Coyle.

    During the home invasion, Rivera allegedly found Frank  in the shower, according to Lehigh Valley Live. Investigators told the Lehigh Valley Live that Rivera pulled her out, wrapped her in a towel and placed a blindfold over her eyes. Investigators say the suspects then fled the scene in a black Mazda and the stolen Mercedes, taking Frank, credit cards, cash, and a cellphone along with them.

    On Thursday, police recovered the stolen Mercedes in Allentown. Finally, on Saturday, police received a call reporting a woman matching Frank’s description. Police found both Frank and Rivera at a home on the 600 block of Chew Street in Allentown, according to Lehigh Valley Live. Lehigh Valley Live reports that Frank told police Rivera threatened to beat and kill her if she tried to leave.

    Rivera was arrested and is currently being held in Lehigh County Prison in lieu of $755,000 bail. The other three suspects have not yet been found however. Police continue to investigate.