Oberlin man indicted on kidnapping, robbery counts after fender-bender

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LAURIE HAMAME
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A former Oberlin High School basketball player was indicted on charges of kidnapping, robbery and extortion after police said he was involved in a fender-bender.

Caleb Hughley, 19, was indicted on two counts of kidnapping and one count each of robbery and extortion by a Lorain County grand jury, according to documents unsealed Dec. 27.

The charges stem from an alleged incident that took place Sept. 6 at Mickey Mart on Rt. 58, according to an Oberlin police report.

Hughley allegedly backed his minivan into another driver’s parked car at the gas station. Afterward, he got out of his car and began cursing and was “very agitated” and told the other driver, “Give me $50 and I won’t call the police,” according to the report.

The other driver characterized Hughley as being “aggressive” and “launching into a tirade,” the report said. He felt intimidated and threatened when he told Hughley he didn’t have the cash.

Hughley then allegedly told the other driver to “get the money somehow” and followed him in his van to Northwest bank in downtown Oberlin.

When the victim went to get the money out of an ATM, Hughley allegedly changed the amount from $50 to $200 and indicated he had a weapon in his waistband. The victim withdrew the money and gave it to Hughley, who reportedly took it and drove off.

Later that evening, Hughley made a report to the Oberlin police about the crash, saying the victim hit his car.

Hughley was arrested Dec. 22 and is being held at the Lorain County Jail on $25,000 bond, according to jail records.

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