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Friday, 23 January 2015 00:00

NJ Body Shop Employee Indicted for Kidnapping and Assaulting Woman Last Summer

A man who held a woman against her will at a body shop last summer was indicted on 15 counts by a Union County grand jury on January 2.

Ricky Suepoi, 52, of Livingston Street in Westfield allegedly beat, stabbed, and attempted to sexually assault the 23-year-old victim, reported Mike Deak of

He was indicted on two counts apiece of second-degree attempted aggravated sexual assault and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, plus single counts of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree attempted sexual assault, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, third-degree aggravated assault, third-degree making terroristic threats, a third-degree weapons offense, four different third-degree drug offenses, and a fourth-degree drug offense, Deak reported.  

According to Union County Assistant Prosecutor David Hummel of the Office's Special Victims Unit, Roselle police rushed to Shelbourne Motorsports on East 1st Avenue on reports of a woman screaming inside the building shortly before 2:45 a.m. on July 23.

Investigators reported that the woman had gone to the repair shop around 8 p.m. that night to ask about getting her vehicle fixed, when she engaged in a conversation with Suepoi, a former acquaintance, reported Deak.

Hummel said that around 11 p.m., Suepoi hit her several times and wielded a gun, while ordering her to perform a sexual act on him. The gun was later found to be a fake.

The woman managed to call police from the body shop’s bathroom after Suepoi had been assaulting her for several hours, while trying to force her to engage in sexual activity.

Suepoi eventually broke into the bathroom and began stabbing the woman with a screw driver while she was on the phone with a dispatcher. Deak reported that police arrived moments later, after which she was transported to Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth for treatment of numerous injuries.

Hummel said that the Union County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search of Shelbourne Motorsports, which revealed large amounts of the designer drug known as "Molly," ecstasy, and marijuana.

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