Once inside the home, the man went into the kitchen, and he was allegedly ambushed by four people, officials said. Two of the alleged attackers were armed and one pointed a gun at the man and threatened to shoot him. The gunman allegedly fired a shot over the victim’s head.
The victim was then forced into the basement and tied him up with chains, cords and ropes, police said. The suspects then beat the victim with wood and an electrical cord, waterboarded him and burned him with a cigar.
One of the suspects allegedly wrapped the electrical cord around the victim’s neck and used it to strangle the man while they were torturing him, police said.
The torture lasted for more than five hours before the victim was able to escape to a neighboring home and call police.
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When officers arrived, they found the victim with the electrical cord still wrapped around his neck. He also had a shirt with him, which the suspects allegedly used as a gag.
The victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for multiple injuries, officials said.
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During the investigation, police identified three suspects — 35-year-old Robert Hollins IV, 24-year-old Eddie Guyton and 26-year-old Alexus Guerrero. The men were arrested and on March 30 and charged with various crimes, including robbery, strangulation, intimidation, battery, criminal confinement, and unlawful use of a weapon, officials said.
The trio are being held at the St. Joseph County Jail.
Police have not released information about a fourth suspect, and the investigation is ongoing.
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