NYPD find kidnapped man beaten in basement while chasing pot smokers

Sadie Cooper, Reporter

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The day was Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2019, when New York City Police were chasing pot smokers into a local bodega, a small grocery store, especially in Spanish-speaking neighborhoods. When entering the store, they were lead to the basement where they found a man. This man was kidnapped and beaten. The police were let into the basement by one of the people that was working at the time. The man found said that he was taken from a street corner in the Bronx and put him in the basement of a store. While he was there, the man was starved and beaten to death. 

The police have arrested the owner of the store, 49-year-old Orinthia Gifford, and have charged her with kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment for her role in the kidnapping. The daughter of Gifford said that she was shocked when she heard her mother was being arrested, but told police that she knew that her mother had been involved with fugitives. The police have identified the store employee, that let the police into the basement, as Richard Millwood. He is currently wanted in connection with the kidnappers. He is about 5 foot 10 and about 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing all black. The police believe that the man knew all four of his assailants. They are believed to be a part of a drug-dealing operation and this kidnapping was apart of that. 

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