Man pleads guilty in RI Porsche kidnapping

December 2, 2011 - 5:20 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A man living in Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to charges that he and a cohort kidnapped a college classmate in a plot to steal his $80,000 Porsche to settle gambling debts.

Zhenpeng (zen-PENG') Hu of Malden, Mass., entered the plea Friday to conspiracy and kidnapping in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I. Hu also goes by the name Todd. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced March 30.

Prosecutors say Hu and his co-defendant used a key borrowed from Xianglong (CHAYNG'-lawng) Wu to break into his apartment in Providence. Authorities say they stuffed him in a bag, drove him across state lines in his 2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV and locked him in a room. He eventually escaped.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the co-defendant, who authorities say fled to China.