2 Cuban nationals charged with kidnapping, armed robbery after traffic stop

From left, Ernesto Herrera-Lesteiro, 23, and Yonder Diaz-Sanchez, 27 (Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office)

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — Two Cuban nationals who were pulled over while driving a stolen truck through Hopewell are facing charges in the kidnapping and armed robbery of a truck driver in Maryland, authorities said.

The arrests were made possible because of an automatic license plate reader in an officer’s patrol car, according to Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri and Hopewell Township Police Chief Lance Maloney.

The driver, Ernesto Herrera-Lesteiro, 23, and passenger, Yonder Diaz-Sanchez, 27, were on Route 31 south near North Main Street around 2:25 a.m. March 20 when the license plate reader in Officer George Peterson’s patrol car indicated the truck was reported stolen in Houston, Texas, on March 13.

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