Three Kidnapping Suspects Accused Of Tying Victim To Chair With Barbed Wire, Carving Crosses Into Forehead: Sheriff

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Source: Madison County Sheriff's Office

Feb. 22 2023, Published 4:53 p.m. ET

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Three people were arrested in North Carolina after police discovered they allegedly kidnapped a person and held them captive in a basement tied to a chair with barbed wire, according to authorities.

On Feb. 19, an unknown person showed up to a residence in Madison County saying they had been kidnapped, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said.

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The victim had suffered cuts to their arms and face and multiple cross symbols were carved into their forehead and body.

Investigators fanned out in the neighborhood and were able to find the home where the person said the kidnapping took place, police said.

While searching the basement of the residence, investigators determined the victim had been tied up to a chair there with barbed wire.

The victim, whose mouth was taped, had their feet tied up with barbed wire, which was also used to secure their chest to a beam during the ordeal, police said.

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While locked in the basement, the victim was punched and kicked in the head, sliced with knives, struck with guns and a crowbar, investigators said.

Police arrested three suspects in connection with the case — Patrick Banks, James Angel and Nicole Sawyer.

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Officers said Banks was wanted for a parole violation and had a felony warrant for his arrest for cutting off a probation electronic monitoring device. Angel also had a warrant out for his arrest for larceny and possession of marijuana charges in another county.

All three were charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury with intent to kill, first degree kidnapping and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

Police did not disclose a possible motive for the kidnapping.

The victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries.


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