The Post reports Menachem Stark has been kidnapped by duct-tape wielding goons, but cops won’t confirm

Missing Williamsburg man whisked away in van late Thursday night: Cops

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A Williamsburg man is missing and may have been kidnapped on Thursday night by a group of men in a van.

The missing man is 39-year-old Menachem Stark, sources in the Orthodox Jewish Satmar community confirmed.

Stark was duct-taped and whisked into a light-colored van as he left his Rutledge Street office, the New York Post reported.

Police say Stark “got into a van with two other males” at 11:45 pm and have so far declined to classify the incident as a kidnapping, but an investigation is ongoing.

Stark’s wife called the volunteer Orthodox Jewish Shomrim patrol two hours before police heard about the disappearance, the Post reported.

He was believed to be carrying a lot of cash at the time, according to the Post.

A Shomrim dispatcher described Stark as is 5-foot-7-inches and 185 pounds with short black hair. Photos show him wearing traditional Hasidim garb.

The van took a right turn from Broadway onto Havemeyer Street, headed toward the Williamsburg Bridge, the neighborhood watch spokesman said. The force is asking if other businesses in the area have surveillance footage of the possible kidnapping.

Stark owed money all over town and online message boards are full of complaints about his property management company’s practices, the Post reported.

There is surveillance video of Stark getting into the van, which was parked near the front of his Southside Associates LLC real estate office on between Broadway and Harrison Avenue, cops said.

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Updated 10:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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jay from nyc says:
Hmmm this may be another case where "community" abducted him to someplace in new jersey where they torture people. There was a rabbi who got busted for this kind of thing not too long ago where he would kidnap people and torture them for divorce and other things. I have a feeling that the police probably know who is behind this and are working with the "community".
Jan. 3, 2014, 7:39 pm
Frank from Fort greene says:
and why should we care if a real estate developer is kidnapped...?
Jan. 4, 2014, 8:29 am
john g from nyc says:
The reason why we should care,,is it can happen to anyone and religion don't matter when it comes to crimes like this. We all wanna live in a safe city
Jan. 4, 2014, 9:49 am
ty from pps says:
Damn bike lanes and hipsters!
Jan. 4, 2014, 10:39 am
jjm from c. hill says:
The guy owed money & he was a dirty real estate owner with buildings that arent well kept from what i've read somewhere else in regards to this. It should come as no shock if you really think about it.
Jan. 4, 2014, 10:41 am
louie says:
I hope they find the kndnappers and cut
their heads off.What has this world come to???
People have to be afraid wherever they go.
New York has become a very dangerous city to live in.. I pay no attention to what the mayors
say how low crime is.
Lets get real in New York almost everyday you
read about people getting shot, ladies getting raped
and people getting robbed
It this the kind of city you want to live in ?
Jan. 4, 2014, 4:53 pm
JAY from nyc says:
update just announced from a real news source () that his burned body was found in a trash dumpster on long island. Clearly someone did not like this guy, its now a murder investigation.
Jan. 4, 2014, 6:12 pm
STU from downtown says:
AHHH ! The good-ol Dinkins' days are back again !!
Jan. 4, 2014, 6:16 pm
T-Bone from DoBro says:
Yikes. At first, before I clicked on the story, I thought DieHipster actually starting putting action to his tough talk.
Jan. 4, 2014, 9:02 pm
Saul from 11249 says:
It starts with the Knockout game, but escalates to Cookout pretty quickly.
Jan. 5, 2014, 8:52 am

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Man is not born good. He must become good – by learning that there is another beside him and a Creator above him.
Evil and unwarranted hatred are a reality that exists in our world. The human being has an infinite capacity for evil that, left unchecked, can destroy the world.
The Torah itself tells us that the “impulse of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Gen 8:21). Man is not born good. He has to become good – by forging his character, by bending his baser instincts, by learning that there is another beside him and an Other above him.
The Holocaust shows what can become of human beings when they permit the beast within them to control them.
It teaches us that we must be alert to the existence of evil, both in others and in our own selves. Once we are aware of its reality, we can work to uproot it. The mitzvot of the Torah are designed to help the spiritual qualities within us dominate the beast within.
Further, we learn from this tragedy that to be silent in the face of evil is to acquiesce in it, encourage it, and help it grow strong. History teaches us that evil triumphs when good people remain silent. But when good people rise up against evil, evil will ultimately perish and the good will prevail.

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Jan. 5, 2014, 9:21 am
gimme from yours says:
da truth about stark, fyi, karma?
Jan. 5, 2014, 4:57 pm
MK from Williamsburg says:
Israel Perlmutter his partner is a prime suspect? Is this true? I just heard this, and that his passport was confiscated. Wow wuush unbelievable, is this true?
Jan. 5, 2014, 9:28 pm
Israel Ritzik from Williamsburg says:
Almost certain this is Beard on Beard-- the work was clearly done by amateurs-- and nearly as certain the "community" "leaders" have zero interest in solving the crime.

If federal and/or state prosecutors had any guts, they'd prosecute said leaders on myriad RICO charges-- the scale of their financial fraud alone is staggering-- but alas, their bloc votes (and voting fraud) and campaign contributions means more to them than justice.

That ethical Jews of all varieties are presumed to have any sympathy for these crooks is one of the great fallacies of NYC politics, alas.
Jan. 6, 2014, 12:47 am
Al Hooper from Crown Heights says:
somebody let me know when was the last time a slumlord was given a key to city?
Jan. 7, 2014, 7:51 pm
Ritzik from Williamsburg says:
Joel kestenbaum , Fortis property purchased the mortgage on 212 -218 N 9th St Brooklyn NY from Broadway Bank, The property was further transferred on 08/16/2013 to a new Corporation named FPG 218 NORTH 9th PROPERTYLLC. C/O FORTIS PROPERTY GROUP LLC 45 Main Street Brooklyn NY 11201 Joel kestenbaum is notarized as the President / Owner by a Notary named Shem Tov Mayer on 05/05/12 Notary# 01MA5069188 NYS Kings County . Joel Kestenbaum purchased the Mortgage on the building owned by Israel Perlmutter & Menachem Stark. King County Block 2313: Lot# 5 and lot # 7 . The Mortgage was defaulted on and the National Bank was subsequently shut down by the FDIC . Joel Kestenbaum as a first mortgage holder wants to own the property that is worth over $50 million and didn’t want any fights with Permutter or Stark in the foreclose process, Rumors are that Kestenbaum was in arguments with them regarding this property and is a possible suspect .
Jan. 12, 2014, 1:30 pm

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