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Pair face kidnapping, theft charges after incident at Lower Swatara hotel

By Laura Hayes

laurahayes@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 10/23/19

A Palmyra man is being held on $100,000 bail for his part in a vehicle theft earlier this month.

Lamont A. Chambers, 29, has been charged with kidnap to facilitate a felony, robbery, theft by …

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Pair face kidnapping, theft charges after incident at Lower Swatara hotel

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A Palmyra man is being held on $100,000 bail for his part in a vehicle theft earlier this month.

Lamont A. Chambers, 29, has been charged with kidnap to facilitate a felony, robbery, theft by unlawful taking-vehicle, false imprisonment and simple assault.

A second defendant, Shaquan Andre Franklin, 21, of Harrisburg, is being held in the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center in Charleston County, South Carolina.

Franklin has been charged with kidnap to facilitate a felony, robbery, criminal use of a communication facility, theft by unlawful taking, possession of an instrument of crime, simple assault, false imprisonment, and promoting prostitution.

According to the affidavit filed with District Judge Michael J. Smith against Chambers, Lower Swatara officers responded to the Congress Inn on South Eisenhower Boulevard at 11:08 p.m. Oct. 1 on the report of a stolen vehicle.

The victim reportedly told officers that he met Franklin through a website called “Skip the Games.” He was to meet Franklin at the Congress Inn and pay $160 for the encounter, according to the affidavit.

Franklin reportedly took a naked photo of the victim, and the victim left. The next day, the victim was texted the photo, requesting $300 in exchange for not sharing the photo, according to the affidavit.

When the victim went to meet Franklin at the Congress Inn, the victim was told he needed to go pick up Franklin’s friend, the affidavit said. The victim picked up Franklin’s friend “D,” reportedly Chambers, and they went back to the motel.

According to the affidavit, the victim told them that he wanted to go home and he did what they asked. Franklin reportedly said the victim needed to give them more money, to which the victim said he didn’t have any more.

Chambers told the victim “to give the man his money,” according to the affidavit. Chambers reportedly put himself between the victim and the door to the motel room.

Franklin reportedly asked the victim to rent a car for them, but the victim said he didn’t have his credit card. Franklin said the victim would take them to Washington, D.C., because they couldn’t rent a car.

Franklin found the victim’s phone, and when the victim said he didn’t have the code for the phone, Chambers began threatening the victim, according to the affidavit.

Franklin started a Facebook Live stream, and they forced the victim to say “hi boo” and Chambers put his buttocks in the victim’s face, according to the affidavit.

They left the room and got into the victim’s car, with the victim in the backseat, the affidavit said. When the car stopped near the Capitol Diner, the victim reportedly jumped out of the car and ran into the diner.

The victim positively identified Chambers as “D” during a lineup, the affidavit said. Franklin was booked in South Carolina on Oct. 5 and is awaiting extradition.

Chambers was arraigned Oct. 12 before Judge Joseph Lindsey. His preliminary hearing is Oct. 30.