Pompano Beach man accused of kidnapping woman, making her withdraw all her money

Julio Acevedo Jr. made woman ride with him in her car to ATM, BSO report claims

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - A Pompano Beach man forced a woman to ride with him in her car at gunpoint as he drove to an ATM and made her withdrew all the money in her bank account, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Julio Acevedo Jr. was arrested Saturday on armed robbery and kidnapping charges.

According to an arrest affidavit, Wenddy Morales had parked her car and was walking into the place of work when a man, later identified as Acevedo, displayed a gun and ordered her to get back into her car.

Morales told Deputy Victor Carrasquillo that Acevedo made her slide into the passenger's seat so that he could drive, ordering her to hand him her belongings.

"Don't do anything stupid and follow the rules," the report quoted Acevedo as telling her.

Morales said she gave him her car keys and iPhone before he drove her to a nearby Wells Fargo bank branch. She said Acevedo made her check her Wells Fargo account on her phone to show him how much money she had.

Once they got to the bank, Acevedo forced Morales to withdraw all the money -- $200 total, she said.

She said that after she handed him the cash, Acevedo drove her back to where she worked and gave her instructions.

"This is what you're going to do," he told her, according to the report. "You're going to drive yourself to the Isle Casino (behind her job) and stay there for five minutes. Somebody will follow you and call me when you're there. You will then drive yourself back here. I will then take your phone and place it under your car."

Acevedo also threatened to kill her family if she didn't follow his instructions, Morales said. She said Acevedo took the pay stub that had her home address on it.

"I know where you live, I know your child and I will kill your family," Acevedo told her, according to the report.

Morales complied, drove back to her job and told her manager, who called 911. Another manager went outside and found Morales' iPhone under her car.

Carrasquillo said Morales was able to identify Acevedo from a photo lineup of possible suspects. She identified him "without hesitation" as the person who kidnapped and robbed her.

Acevedo also faces multiple counts of probation violation. He was being held without bond in the main Broward County jail.

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