Former Margaretville resident indicted in N.J. kidnapping case

A former Margaretville man was indicted last week by a state grand jury in Monmouth County, N.J., on charges stemming from his attempting kidnapping of a man he believed was the boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend. Thomas A. Filupeit, 53, was charged in the four-count indictment that included attempted kidnapping, attempted burglary, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.
Filupeit was arrested on April 2 after he allegedly tried to enter the home of a man who police said was the boyfriend of Filupeit’s former girlfriend.
The intended victim said he called police after seeing the handle of his front door being turned and he suspected someone was trying to enter.
Filupeit reportedly fled the scene and was stopped a short time later by police. Inside the car Filupeit was driving, authorities said they found latex gloves, orange cable cuffs similar to those found at the scene, a black-handled survival knife and duct tape.
Police told the Asbury Park Press Filupeit also had a computer printout of directions that traced a route from his former girlfriend’s house to the victim’s home.
Filupeit, who grew up in Arkville and lived in Margaretville until several years ago, is currently being held in the Monmouth County Jail on $600,000 bail.