TRENTON – A Ñetas gang member from Perth Amboy pleaded guilty Monday to kidnapping a young man, beating him and taking him to a motel in Sayreville, where he was held at gunpoint, Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced.
Oswaldo Santillan Jr., 20, of Perth Amboy, pleaded guilty to first-degree kidnapping before Superior Court Judge Mathias E. Rodriguez in Middlesex County. He is the second gang member to plead guilty in connection with the December 2009 crime. Santillan faces a state prison sentence of up to 30 years when sentenced on Oct. 3.
The Division of Criminal Justice obtained a state grand jury indictment on April 20, 2010 charging Santillan and two other alleged Ñetas gang members who reside in Perth Amboy.
An investigation revealed that the victim had gotten into trouble with local members of the Ñetas. In pleading guilty, Santillan admitted that he and David Santana, 21, ambushed the 18-year-old victim at a house in Perth Amboy on Dec. 5, 2009, forcing him into a van driven by Hector Montoya-Garay, 21.
Santillan admitted that he and Santana beat the victim inside the van and outside at a remote location. The victim suffered a broken nose, black eyes, cuts and other injuries. Santillan said the defendants then took the victim to a motel in Sayreville, where they held him at gunpoint and threatened to kill him. The victim later escaped.
Montoya-Garay pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal restraint on March 18. He faces up to five years in prison. Santana faces pending charges of kidnapping, conspiracy, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, aggravated assault and terroristic threats; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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