Attempted kidnapping suspect was once Spencer Gifts CFO

November 20, 2012 3:33:56 PM PST
New charges have been filed against the man arrested in a bizarre Main Line kidnapping attempt.

76-year-old John Felder is now facing three new charges: attempted kidnapping, attempted unlawful restraint and receiving stolen property.

Police say two weeks ago, Felder went to a house in Villanova and tried to kidnap 50-year-old Robert McNeil, one of the heirs of the Tylenol fortune.

They say Felder posed as a flower deliveryman and hit McNeil with a Taser. McNeil was able to slam the door shut and called the police.

They later tracked Felder through a parking ticket he got outside the shop where he bought the flowers.

"You certainly don't expect something like this when you open your door," a spokesman for the McNeil family said.

He says they are stunned in more ways than one.

They've now hired a security guard and taken other safety measures.

Felder's family is also stunned.

His lawyer says that back in the 1970's he was the Chief Financial Officer of Spencer Gifts.

He says he later started his own solar film company and at one time was president of the board of education in Linwood, New Jersey.

He then went on to found a Christian ministry in Florida.

Now, he's wearing a prison jump suit and handcuffs.

"I didn't hurt anybody. I didn't kidnap anybody. I didn't touch anybody. I didn't hurt anybody," Felder said as he was taken away in handcuffs.

Felder has no prior criminal record.

His daughter, Janet, flew in from Miami for today's hearing.

"We are very concerned about my dad's health and wellbeing. We would like to be able to take him to get some help and find out what's wrong, what's going on, and get him some good healthcare," Janet said.

Felder's family was hoping to have his bail reduced today. However, the judge left in place the original $175,000 cash bail pending a preliminary hearing next month.


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