December 5, 2021

2 charged in kidnapping, threatening of a witness

Man who gave police info about prior assault taken from Cortland home

Two men are accused of kidnapping an 18-yearold man who gave police a statement concerning a previous assault charge against one of the defendants, according to Cortland city police.

Donavin M. Fink Jr. 19, of 165 Homer Ave., Apt. 2, Cortland, and Devin M. Hines, 19, of 476 Buffalo Hill Road, Caroline, allegedly kidnapped a man Dec. 19 from his Pomeroy Street residence, police said.

Fink, who was arrested Monday, was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree conspiracy, intimidating a witness, felonies; criminal obstruction of breathing, second-degree menacing, misdemeanors.

Hines, who was arrested Tuesday, was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, fourth-degree conspiracy, felonies.

The 18-year-old man gave police statements last week regarding Fink’s involvement in an unrelated assault, police said.

Fink was accused of assaulting a man selling marijuana Dec. 11 on Clinton Avenue, police said. Lt. Michael Strangeway of the Cortland Police Department said the victim was a witness to the crime and that Fink and the victim knew each other.

The police reported that Fink and Hines entered the victim’s house without his permission.

Once the two men were inside, Fink choked and threatened the victim with a knife, police said. Fink then tied the victim’s wrists with a cord. Meanwhile, Hines backed a white Dodge Durango, belonging to Hines’ girlfriend, to the front door of the man’s residence.

Fink forced the man into the back seat of the Durango. Fink then tied a piece of clothing around the man’s head that covered the victim’s eyes, nose and mouth.

Police said Hines drove the Durango to a camper in Slaterville that was his residence. Along the way, Fink tied a chain to the 18-year-old man’s ankles and had Hines stop the vehicle along a desolate dirt road. Fink forced the victim out of the vehicle and threatened to tie the chains to the rear of the Durango and drag the man down the road. Fink put the victim back into the truck and the men drove to Hines’ residence.

When the men arrived at Hines’ residence, Fink and Hines took the man from the vehicle and led him into the woods, where they pushed him into a creek. The victim was then brought into the camper, untied and warned that if he ever gave a statement against Fink again, he would be killed. Hines drove the victim back to his home the next day and dropped him off. The man spent the next few days in hiding at a friend’s house before the friend convinced him to call the police. The victim received bruising, but did not require medical treatment. Both Fink and Hines were sent to Cortland County Jail.

Fink’s bail was set at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond and Hines’s bail was set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond. Both men are scheduled to appear today at Cortland City Court.

Witnesses were present for portions of the incident and are working with the police, the office said. Any witnesses with information should contact the Cortland Police Department at 607-753-3001.