Napoleon Stephany kidnaps woman in Cumru, assaults her friend with knife in Exeter, police say

Posted: 3:22 AM EST Dec 24, 2013   Updated: 6:01 PM EDT Aug 16, 2013
Napoleon Stephany

An apparent dispute over money led to the knife-point kidnapping of a woman and the assault of a man in Berks County, police said.

The ordeal began early Thursday morning when Lisa Palumbo was awakened by Napoleon Stephany, a man who had been staying at her and her sister's apartment in Cumru Township while repairs were being done to his home, police said.

Stephany, 22, demanded that Palumbo, 43, tell him where her friend, Christopher Rimmel, lives because Stephany wanted to collect money he's owed, police said.

Stephany's demands and threats against Rimmel, police said, prompted Palumbo to tell Stephany that she was going to call the police.

Stephany, in turn, took Palumbo and her sister's cell phones, forced Palumbo into his car at knife-point and demanded that she direct him to Rimmel's home in Exeter Township, police said.

Once there, police said Stephany forced his way inside Rimmel's home and attempted to assault him with the knife. Meanwhile, Palumbo ran to a neighbor's home to call 911.

Exeter officers arrived to find Stephany chasing Rimmel, 44, around the outside of the home with the knife, prompting Stephany to run inside Rimmel's home and lock the door behind him, police said.

The officers subsequently managed to persuade Stephany to surrender. He was charged with kidnapping, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, simple and aggravated assault, burglary, theft and possessing an instrument of crime. He was committed to the Berks County Jail on $100,000 bail.