YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Detectives are investigating after a man was found inside a van Saturday evening who reports said was held against his will and beaten over his entire body in Youngstown.
Police discovered the man about 8:30 p.m. after they were called to a fight in the 600 block of New Court on the city’s south side.
Officers took four people into custody. Charged with felonious assault and kidnapping are Danasia Traylor, 23, of Cordova Avenue; Dione Carter, 23, of New Court; Demario Hoyt, 25, of Pasadena Avenue; and Charles Pete Jr., 27, address unavailable.
Reports said the victim told police he was taken by gunpoint from his apartment in Boardman and was beaten and pistol whipped before being stripped.
The victim also had hot water poured on him which caused a burn to his midsection. When officers arrived, they found him covered in bruises and cuts along with the burn, reports said.
The victim also told police his abductors said they would kill him and dump him in nearby Oak Hill Cemetery.
Bond was set by Judge Carla Baldwin at $45,000 for Pete, who has an extensive criminal record and is awaiting sentencing for a conviction last year from Belmont County for illegal conveyance and complicity.
Carter’s bond was set at 10% of $20,000, a joint agreement between defense attorneys and prosecutors upheld by Judge Baldwin based on her minimal criminal record and the fact she hired an attorney.
Bond for the other two suspects was not immediately available. All have been ordered to stay away from the victim.
The victim was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center to be treated.
A motive was not revealed in court nor in police reports.