Alleged kidnap victim to testify against 3 accused killers who killed Liberian immigrant, Dardar Paye in Trenton

From top left, Phobus E. Sullivan, 27, Abdutawab Kiazolu, 22, Danuweli Keller, 23, and Mack W. Edwards, 25
From top left, Phobus E. Sullivan, 27, Abdutawab Kiazolu, 22, Danuweli Keller, 23, and Mack W. Edwards, 25

TRENTON – A man who authorities say was carjacked, kidnapped and held in a basement on Monmouth Street six years ago will testify against his alleged captors during their trial this fall, Mercer County Prosecutors said Tuesday.

The accused kidnappers, Mack Edwards, Phobus Sullivan and Danuweli Keller, are also accused of kidnapping and slaying Liberian immigrant Dardar Paye, 33, three months later in January 2011. They will be tried for both incidents in September.

Prosecutors spoke at a status conference for the men Tuesday saying that the first alleged victim, Alfonso Slaughter, is scheduled to take the stand. He will recall the events he endured on October 31, 2010 when prosecutors say he was carjacked and taken to the Monmouth Street basement, where he was secured to a chair and robbed before he managed to escape.

The men were not arrested until the following year when they, along with a fourth man, Abdutawab Kiazolu, kidnapped Paye, a U.S. army veteran, and held him in the same basement in January, prosecutors said. The killing resulted in a car chase during which police pursued three vehicles into Pennsylvania. They stopped one, driven by Sullivan with Edwards as the passenger and found Paye shot to death in the trunk, prosecutors said.

Pennsylvania State Police stopped the second vehicle using spikes on the road and found Keller driving with Kiazolu in the passenger’s seat. In that second car they found Paye’s jacket along with dirt and broken tile pieces from the Monmouth Street basement, prosecutors said.

A witness identified Keller as the shooter. The third car evaded police during the chase, prosecutors said.


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.