On Saturday, law enforcement believe they may have found the body of a missing businessman that is believed to have been abducted off a Brooklyn street. The body that had burn marks was found late Friday in a trash container at the Getty gas station at 120 Cutter Mills Rd.
Menachem "Max" Stark, 39, was last seen leaving his office on Rudledge Street on Thursday around 11:30 p.m. A video shows Stark near his car when a man approaches him. Then a 2006-2007 Dodge Caravan drives up and a second man gets out and both men struggle and fight with Stark before they put him in to the van. Stark sets off his car alarm before he is taken.
"They came out of the minivan and went straight for him," Yitzy Stark, Stark's brother told the New York Daily News. "They grabbed him and he fought with them for about five minutes."
When Stark did not make it home Thursday night, Stark's family began calling friends to try and locate him. They also contacted the Orthodox Jewish Patrol called Shomrim that was able to get the surveillance video from where Stark parked his car, and show it to the police.
The family stated on Friday they were waiting to hear from the men that took Stark.
"We're waiting for a phone call with demands," said Yitzy Stark, Stark's brother. "We'll do anything they ask."
Stark and his business partner, Israel Perimutter seemed to be having financial troubles after they defaulted on several loans. Stark and Perimutter defaulted on a $750,000 loan on some property on George St. in Bushwick, and defaulted on a $29 million loan for a 74-unit complex on South Fourth St. in Williamsburg. Also, Stark and Perimutter along with an unknown partner received a $4 million judgment for falling behind on payments on a property on N. Ninth St. Stark filed bankruptcy and a judge in 2012 ruled he was to pay back $33 million.
The family is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Stark.