Employees at a Starbucks helped hide a woman Friday to help her escape a kidnapping duo that held her prisoner in a North Shore hotel for almost a week. Guy Waters and his Somerville girlfriend Niki Semnack allegedly held the 24-year-old Fall River woman captive.
Employees at a Cambridge Starbucks helped hide a woman Friday afternoon to help her escape a kidnapping duo that held her prisoner in a North Shore hotel for almost a week.
Guy Waters and his Somerville girlfriend Niki Semnack allegedly held the 24-year-old Fall River woman captive in a Saugus hotel room for five days before driving her to Cambridge in a rented gray 2007 Chrysler Sebring Friday, according to sources.
The woman was able to escape the car in a Memorial Drive parking lot Sept. 19 at about 4:30 p.m. and walked into a nearby Starbucks at 750 Memorial Drive, where employees hid her behind a counter when Waters came into the shop looking for her, according to sources.
Cambridge police later arrested Waters, 29, of 35 Dennis St., Roxbury and Semnack, 29, of 16 Cutter Ave., Apt. 3, Somerville. The pair face charges of kidnapping.
Saugus Police Lt. Michael Annese said detectives are currently investigating allegations that the couple held the victim captive for five days at the Red Roof Inn in Saugus.
Waters and Semnack were held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Sept. 26, said Jessica Venezia, a spokesperson for the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office.
Waters already faces charges stemming from a March arrest in Boston for possession of Class B drug with intent to distribute and drug violations in school zone, according to Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
Class B drugs can include cocaine, prescription opiates, such as OxyContin, LSD, ecstasy, amphetamine and methamphetamine.
Starbucks representatives declined to name the employees who helped the woman.
“Starbucks Coffee Company is aware that our partners aided a woman by providing a safe haven at the store while she awaited the authorities,” said the company in a statement. “We are proud of our partner’s quick action to help this individual and will work in cooperation with the local authorities to provide any information that will help in their investigation.”
Sources said the victim had apparently told a family member she was moving to Somerville before she was allegedly kidnapped.