Brunswick men charged in kidnapping

Two Brunswick men face charges of kidnapping, robbery and terrorizing after allegedly seizing a Florida couple and stealing their belongings.

Police say Manesseh C. Massaline, 39, had met the man and woman, who are in their 20s, in Florida earlier this month and they had driven to Maine together.

The couple was staying at the Travelers Inn on Pleasant Street when Massaline and Scott A. Coombs, 32, went there at 9:30 p.m., roughed up the man, and took the two of them to an apartment on Cumberland Street, said Brunswick police Commander Marc Hagan.

The suspects then took the man’s wallet and some prescription medication.

The victims told police that they heard their kidnappers talking about where to dump the bodies, so they ran, Hagan said.

“There didn’t seem much doubt in the victims’ minds they were going to be killed,” Hagan said.

The couple, who are unfamiliar with the area, wound up in front of a Hannaford store downtown and were able to call 911 from a pay phone at 10:44 p.m.

Police found the car the couple described on Cumberland Street and with help from Topsham police and Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputies, arrested both suspects.

In addition to the charges from Monday night’s incident, Massaline also faces charges of violating bail conditions and is wanted on warrants charging terrorizing, assault and criminal threatening in Sagadahoc County, Hagen said.

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