Clifton Man Convicted On Kidnapping Charge

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ELIZABETH — A Clifton man was convicted of first degree kidnapping on Friday, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.

Edward Alvarez, 44, was also convicted of third degree criminal restraints and making terroristic threats, said Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Fleming, who prosecuted the case.

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According to the investigation on Aug. 16, 2009, Alvarez confined a woman inside her Union Township apartment for more than two hours while threatening to kill the woman and himself. The pair had dated briefly earlier in the year, said Fleming.

Eventually, the woman was able to convince Alvarez to leave the house and later contacted police. Alvarez was arrested later that day in Brooklyn.

Alvarez was found guilty after a three-day trial and several hours of deliberation.

He faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 3 before Union County Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Perfilio.


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