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You may recall in the news last November when an elderly man from Miami, Florida named John Felder attempted to kidnap and hold for ransom a wealthy resident of Villanova at the Montgomery Scott Mansion. My office represented Mr. Felder at his preliminary hearing last year and secured his pre-trial release. He was represented by his third attorney on the case at his most recent sentencing hearing. Although I represented Mr. Felder at the start of his case, I did want to highlight how my office had Mr. Felder released on bail.
This case was covered in all the major news networks and newspapers. The case was covered in media outlets as far as Miami and San Francisco. The headlines read that Mr. Felder went to the Montgomery Scott Mansion in Villanova posing as a flower delivery man. A member of the McNeil family of McNeil Pharmaceuticals (the inventors of Tylenol) lived in this mansion. When Mr. McNeil answered the door, Mr. Felder tased him in the chest where McNeil fell on his doorstep. The plot was unsuccessful and Mr. McNeil escaped the incident and Mr. Felder left the scene. A parking ticket in front of the flower shop led police to Mr. Felder up in the Poconos where he was attending a gun show. Mr. Felder was caught by Radnor Police with a ransom note, a list of other wealthy executives, 2 stun guns, a taser, a mask, .38 caliber revolver, night vision security equipment and the list goes on. The Radnor police cited financial difficulties as the motive for the kidnapping. Continue reading