New Haven Man Accused of Kidnapping 2 19-Year-Olds at Gas Station

A New Haven man is accused of kidnapping two 19-year-old females at a gas station, police said. 

Police said just before midnight on Sept. 29, Keith Johnson approached to women fueling their vehicle at a Washington Avenue gas station in North Haven brandishing a handgun.

The two teens gave Johnson money after he demanded it but then ordered them into the car, police said.

Johnson, who was sitting in the back seat, pointed the gun on the victim driving and gave directions to travel north on Interstate 91.

The 19-year-old drove until she was ordered to stop and get in the back seat while Johnson got into the driver seat. He drove a short distance before letting both girls out of the car in a Hartford neighborhood, police said. 

Johnson, 53, was charged with two counts of kidnapping, robbery, robbery of an occupied vehicle, threatening and criminal possession of a firearm. His bond was set at $500,000. 

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