New evidence emerges in alleged plot in Mount Vernon to kidnap, blackmail judge

Police in Mount Vernon say they have foiled a detailed plot to kidnap and blackmail a Connecticut judge. Investigators arrested Bassel Conn and his father on weapons charges and say the pair concocted a scheme to try to get two people out of prison.

Inside Conn's home on South 10th Ave., police say they found a slew of weapons, including rifles and a sword. Investigators also found a letter inside the home that allegedly detailed to duo's plan to kidnap a Superior Court judge. According to police, the letter spelled out plot to conduct surveillance on the judge, kidnap him and then force him into a compromising position with a child. Authorities say Conn planned to videotape the judge and then blackmail him until two men were released from a Connecticut prison.

While police say their evidence against Conn is solid, some Mount Vernon neighbors are skeptical. Some say they have known Conn for years and he wasn't capable of kidnapping a judge. Others say Conn was simply writing screenplays, and was improving his life following a manslaughter conviction in 1994.

Conn is being held without bail because of his previous conviction. He is facing ten years in jail and a $250,000 fine if he is found guilty. Conn's father has been released on $25,000 bond.

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