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In SDNY Mag Court Accused Kidnapper Says Enrolling in Dutchess Community College But Detained

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, August 8 – While many even most cases in the Magistrates Court of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York are sealed or have case numbers given only later, on August 8, an alleged kidnapper was presented with a case number but a lot of doubts about both his and the government's stories.

 Jonathan Cummings is charged with kidnapping a women and two children at gunpoint and driving them to New Jersey, ultimately dropping or dumping them at a mall in Edison, New Jersey. Cummings' Federal Defender said the complainant is a fraudster who might be trying to extort Cummings, who he said he planning to enrolling in Dutchess Community College before the next semester. The government noted it's almost back to school time and he has not enrolled. Ultimately, he was not released, unlike at least one of two Arizona-based meth defendants, more on which anon.

Back on August a sex offender was processed and remanded by the name of Townsend, not listed on the day's New Presentment.  Townsend went missing from the homeless shelter on Creston Avenue in the Bronx he was assigned to. His Federal Defender said the shelter moved him. But it seems he disappeared from the second location too. He was in on Violation(s) of Supervised Release including cocaine and PCP. He was remanded, with a next day before Judge Alvin Hellerstein on September 4 and not before, the fill-in AUSA said, due to medical issues. Judge Moses admonished the US Attorney's Office for leaving Townsend in the MCC over the weekend, and asked for a written submission of reasons. But will that be public? Under what case number? On the PACER terminal in the SDNY Press Room Inner City Press has worked perched over since April, none of the defendants named Townsend have Judge Hellerstein as their judge. Unregistered sex offender, indeed. We'll have more on this.

at least one case had no number at all. A defendant named Edwin Gonzalez was presented as just in from Rikers Island, remanded on the consent of his CJA lawyer and in need of methodone. Later on August 1, also remanded but with a case number because indicted and extradited from Estonia which got consular notice was Nikolai Niftalijev, charged with narcotics inportation conspiracy. He's set to resurface on August 6 before SDNY Judge Oetken. Inner City Press aims to be there.

   Remands were to the Metropolitan Correctional Center - where as Inner City Press has exclusively exclusively reported fellow non-reporting sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is hogging the legal meeting room with paid lawyers working in shifts so he can be out of his cell, using the Internet.

 Inner City Press will continue to try to find the missing cases on the Press Room PACER terminal it has worked perched over for months. Watch this site.



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