LOWELL -- A 19-year-old city resident forced his way into a relative's home, bound the relative with grey tape, then used the threat of a knife to force the victim to write a check for $4,000, prosecutors said.
Lowell police allege that during the March 18 incident, Joseph Rivera, 19, of 17 Powell Street, Lowell, took $220 in cash from the victim's bedroom, took the victim's car and left a co-defendant at the victim's home while Rivera went to the bank to cash the check.
Rivera returned to the victim's home, Rivera tossed the victim his car keys, and Rivera and the other man fled the scene.
Lowell police arrested Rivera on Tuesday and charged him with armed robbery and kidnapping. He is scheduled to be arraigned In Lowell District Court on Wednesday.
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