Three New Jersey women face kidnapping and other charges after allegedly dumping a former friend in the woods in subzero temperatures and leaving her there wearing only a dress and one shoe.
Police in North Bergen, N.J., said the 19-year-old victim is lucky she won't have to have her feet amputated, but may still need surgery after suffering severe frostbite in the 8-degree weather.
The victim was allegedly driven to a wooded area and pushed from the car into the snow without a cell phone or warm clothing, The Record of Bergen County reported.
After her alleged captors fled, the teen stood by the side of the snowy road until a passing car gave her a ride home.
Authorities didn't release her name.
Maria Contreras-Luciano, 22; Amber Crespo, 20; and Dyanne Velasquez, 21, were arrested and charged with kidnapping, assault and conspiracy. They were all released on $200,000 bail, according to the Record.
Police say the trio orchestrated an elaborate plot to retaliate against the victim for suing an insurance company one of them owned.
They told the woman they were going to a formal party and even hung a dress in the window of the car to perpetuate the ruse, the paper said.
"The three females had planned and plotted … to dress up and go to an imaginary party,' North Bergen Lt. Frank Cannella told the Record.
Crespo faces another charge of making terroristic threats after allegedly shouting, "If you're going to sue me then I'm going to kill you," Cannella said.
During the victim's ordeal in a wooded area near the Hudson River, a motorist let her use a cell phone, but refused to give her a ride. Another driver took her to a hospital. She didn't report the incident for four days.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.