Brooklyn, NY – UPDATE: Williamsburg Kidnap Victim’s Relatives Call For Volunteers


    Police investigators on the scene in Williamsburg at the office of Menachem Stark. Stark was allegedly abducted early Friday morningBrooklyn, NY – As police hunt for clues regarding the apparent abduction of a Williamsburg man, relatives of 39 year old Menachem Stark are issuing an urgent appeal for volunteers.

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    “We need people to come help with the cameras,” Yoely Stark, brother of the missing man, told VIN News. “We need volunteers to see which buildings have cameras and we need people who know how to access the security footage.”

    While police are not officially calling Stark’s disappearance an abduction, they have confirmed that security footage show Stark leaving his office at 2:30 AM.

    “We are still taking reports,” said an NYPD spokesman. “A male appears to have been taken from his place of work in a van by two people.”

    Menachem Stark is described as being 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds.
    Menachem Stark (FILE photo Eli Wohl/
    According to Yoely Stark, security footage shows his brother fighting with the men briefly outside his office Southside Associates at 331 Rutledge Street before he was bound with duct tape and thrown into a light colored Dodge van. Stark urged volunteers to come forward immediately.

    “We have to move quickly,” said Stark. “Shabbos is coming and time is very important. Remember Leiby Kletzky? They only got him through the security cameras and we need people to come forward now to help. The fastest way possible to get information is through the cameras which give the most accurate information.”

    Stark asked volunteers to contact Shomrim at 718 237-0202

    A July 2011 report on real estate website names Stark as one of two men facing $51 million in personal guaranty and foreclosure lawsuits for five separate loans made in Williamsburg and Greenpoint in 2006 and 2007. It is unknown at this time if there is any connection between the lawsuit and the kidnapping.

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    10 years ago


    10 years ago

    The family must be forth coming with clues about who they suspect could have done this. So the police can catch the bandits and release him before shabbos.

    10 years ago

    menachem meshulem ben shenya etya should return home safely

    10 years ago

    I’m sure Bill Bratton is personally involved in finding reb Stark. Hopefully the videos will lead to finding him safe and sound.

    10 years ago

    Sounds very dangerous I hope he is found a life this should have all agencys Fbi and Ect involved if they want to find him a life

    10 years ago

    It should not be difficult. They can go through every registered white van around.

    10 years ago

    Lets hope to hear good news. A young man with 8 kinderlach and a wife. Such a shame. May Hashem intercede.

    10 years ago

    Unfortunately, this sounds like a professional job. Only two guys means that they knew what they were doing. But he seems to be mixed up in bad business. Tragic for family but I wonder if this community would come out to help if it was a non member or non Jew.
    Hope this is resolved very soon.

    10 years ago

    $100,000 reward offered for safe return