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Yonkers Parks Staffer Charged With Kidnapping Same Sex Paid Companion Has New Lawyer

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 13 -- A four-year employee of the Yonkers Parks Department was detained in February on charges of armed kidnapping - and Inner City Press learned more than was included in the indictment and press release by the Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney's Office.

  Now Drain's case was been assigned to SDNY District Judge Victor Marrero, who held a status conference on March 13. Drain is no longer represented by the Federal Defenders but rather by Patrick Joyce who has yet to sign a protective order for discovery. Assistant US Attorney Michael Longyear described cell phone extractions and said production of discovery should be substantially completed in four weeks.

  Judge Marrero set the next conference for June 5. Drain's lawyer Joyce said he is preparing a bail package and asked Judge Marrero if it should be brought to him or to the SDNY Magistrates Court. The latter, it seems. Inner City Press will be on the look out: watch this site.

    On February 20 Inner City Press reported that Owen Drain's alleged victim was a male, long-time commercial sex partner who escaped running from Drain's black Cadillac Escalade after having his iPhone and iCloud wiped of images of their sexual relationship, Assistant US Attorney Ni Qian said in a bail proceeding only covered by Inner City Press. 

     SDNY Magistrate Judge Barbara C. Moses asked AUSA Qian if the Yonkers cell phone store employee who came out to the Cadillac where the victim was held and took his passwords was not, in fact, an accomplice. Qian said that is being investigated.

    Federal Defender Jonathan Marviny argued that Drain in his 35 years of live has had no convictions, and is now living with his wife and his father in Tuckahoe, New York. (The street address was said in open court but Inner City Press is voluntarily not publishing it in this format.) More on Patreon here.

 The case is US v. Drain, 20-cr-145 (Marrero).



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