NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) – An attempted kidnapping later led to a crash and gunfire in Newton Falls that left people hurt on Tuesday.

Phoenix Albertini and David Knisely are in the Trumbull County Jail facing charges. Both were arrested in connection to what came to a head just before 7 a.m. on S. Canal Street in Newton Falls.

“My brother texted saying he’s been kidnapped. He ended up at my house. I get him out of the truck. We go to leave in my truck, dude tried to cut us off. He gets pit maneuvered, flips over and then he shoots at us,” a 911 call said.

According to Trumbull County Sheriff Paul Monroe, the two suspects kidnapped the victim at gunpoint from a known drug house in Braceville. They later took him to a family member’s house, where he was supposed to pick up money.

Phoenix Albertini, charged with felonious assault in Newton Falls.
Phoenix Albertini, one of the suspects charged in the incident.

“Our understanding is that this might be over a drug debt. When they reached a residence in Newton Falls, [he] was able to get away from his abductors,” Monroe said.

The victim ended up escaping, but later caught up with the suspects and began following them in a vehicle, according to Monroe. The vehicles crashed at some point in the 3500 block of S. Canal St.

The truck the suspects were in flipped over.

Then, one of the suspects got out of the truck and began shooting at the victim, according to Monroe. He said the suspect missed the victim.

“Very violent. Our understanding is the victim was stabbed prior to this a week or so ago by the suspect,” Monroe said.

Luckily, no one was injured by the gunfire.

Investigators said they recovered a weapon from the scene.

Albertini and Knisely — who went to the hospital with injuries from the crash — are expected to be arraigned in Newton Falls Municipal Court on Thursday.

The victim is not expected to be charged.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is handling the crash investigation. The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office and Newton Township Police Department were also there to help.