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‘I was freaking out,’ says delivery man held ransom after getting into Brooklyn fender bender

October 3, 2018

Francisco Jimenez and Rondell Halley arrested in upper west side kidnapping.

The deliveryman held for ransom after a Brooklyn fender-bender knew one thing for sure: He wasn’t taking a bullet over a jar of strained peaches.

The 32-year-old driver, after surviving a three-hour hostage ordeal, told the Daily News how quickly things went sideways during his amateurish abduction on a Bushwick street. One minute he was delivering baby food and other kids’ products, and the next there was a man pointing a weapon at him.

“I’m not going to fight you if you have a gun,” the victim told The News. “I’m not trying to get shot over some diapers.”

The driver, who spoke to the News on condition of anonymity, said the whole bizarre episode began Monday afternoon when he barely brushed a parked Honda CR-V with the bumper of his white van.

“I just grazed it,” he said. “I didn’t even dent it.”

Suspects Francisco Jimenez and Rondell Halley appeared suddenly, claiming they owned the vehicle and demanding $40. When the driver told the pair that he had no cash, they pulled a gun on him and forced him to call his boss.

Cops said the kidnappers demanded $700 cash to insure the safe return of the driver and the van.

“Inside, I was freaking out,” the driver said. “But outside, no. I don’t show emotions like that. What am I going to do? I’m not trying to test those guys.”

Both suspects were arrested Monday afternoon after the driver’s boss alerted police to the kidnapping and cash demand. Jimenez, 24, and Halley, 33, were expected in court for their arraignments Wednesday on charges of kidnapping, drug possession and weapons possession.

The deliveryman — a former paralegal with the Bronx District Attorney’s office — quickly realized the car belonged to neither of the suspects, who were just trying to turn a quick buck off the dinged vehicle.

“They were just trying to strong-arm me from the street, extort me,” the driver said. “It didn’t seem like they even knew whose car that was … It was all over nothing. If I had the money, I would have given it to them.”

Francisco Jimenez, 24, and Rondell Halley, were arrested for allegedly kidnapping and extorting a deliveryman. (Jesse Ward for New York Daily News)

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