October 1, 2014

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Police: Man arrested for holding second man captive over drug debt

LORAIN — An Olmsted Falls man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly held a man captive for not paying him for a prior drug deal.

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At 8:57 p.m. Thursday, police met with Jason Miranda, 28, of Lorain who said he received a phone call from his friend who was being held captive. The friend, Geraldo Cuevas, 22, of Avon said he needed $140 so that his captors would let him go.

According to a police report, Cuevas had been fronted $80 worth of heroin by Joseph Whiteman, 22, at a hotel in North Ridgeville. While Cuevas was at a friend’s house in Lakewood, he said Whiteman arrived demanding $140 for the heroin and said if he did not pay, he would call a man from Cleveland to “take care” of Cuevas.

Miranda set up a meet with Cuevas’s captors, according to police. Police arrived and stopped the car at West 34th Street and Dayton Avenue.

The driver, Aubrey Macris, said she was with Cuevas and Whiteman when she witnessed the two arguing over the money and Whiteman threaten Cuevas. Macris said she volunteered to drive the two to Lorain to get the money because she was afraid for Cuevas’ safety.

Police arrested Whiteman, who was sitting in the back seat with Cuevas. He was charged with abduction, and police said Whiteman had prior convictions or arrests for trafficking in drugs — heroin.

According to the report, Whiteman was not questioned prior to his arrest. He was transferred to Lorain City Jail.

Macris was released at the scene, and Cuevas was transported to the hospital to speak to a psychiatrist due to overwhelming stress after the incident.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.