NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (WPIX) -- Three young women are facing charges they carried out a particularly cruel plot against a former friend.
North Bergen Police say the suspects dressed up and pretended they were taking the victim to a party. They reportedly even went so far as to hang a dress in the car window to dupe the victim into thinking she was going to a social event. Police say instead, the three suspects drove the 19-year-old woman to the woods north of Alpine, pushed her into the snow, and abandoned her.
The temperature was in single digits at the time, and the victim was wearing only a dress, a light jacket, and one shoe. A driver passing by picked her up and took her to the hospital. The victim was treated for a serious case of frostbite to both of her feet. Authorities say if the driver had not seen the victim, the teenager may have had to have both of her feet amputated. She spent at least a half-hour in 8-degree weather. She still may have to undergo surgery.
Maria Contreras-Luciano, 22, of Dumont, Amber Crespo, 20, and Dyanne Velasquez, 21, both of North Bergen are facing kidnapping, assault and conspiracy charges for allegedly carrying out the plot. The three women were arraigned in Hudson Superior Court and were all released from the Hudson County Jail on $200,000 bail.
Canella says Crespo also faces a third-degree charge of making terroristic threats for allegedly shouting, "If you're going to sue me, then I'm going to kill you."