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Police arrest suspects in kidnapping
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Turlock police detectives arrested the two men suspected of beating and robbing a 39-year-old man and then locking him in the trunk of a car for hours on March 27.
The Turlock Police Department served a search warrant at the residence of one of the suspected kidnappers, David Nilsson, 26, on Tuesday. When officers entered the house they heard sounds coming from the attic. After several minutes, Nilsson exited the attic and was arrested, having previously been identified as the suspect in the kidnapping by the victim. Kenneth Davis, 28, was also at the residence and was arrested. Both were booked for aggravated battery, kidnapping and robbery charges.
The victim’s ordeal began sometime late on March 26 or early in the morning on March 27 when he was lured over to a house by an acquaintance. Upon his arrival, he was immediately attacked by the two men, robbed and thrown into the trunk of his car, Detective Jason Tosta said. The suspects drove the victim around for a few hours, occasionally making stops.
Shortly after 2 a.m. on March 27, the police department received their first call from the man, who was using his cell phone from inside the trunk. The victim would call the police every time he heard music coming from the radio and when it was turned down, he would hang up his phone, Tosta said.
The suspects eventually let the victim go, but threatened him that they would kill him if he told anyone, Tosta said. The victim was able to drive himself back to his residence and was found unresponsive in the driver’s seat of his car in his driveway.
The victim of the beating and kidnapping was air-lifted to Doctors Medical Center for what appeared to be severe trauma. However, Turlock Police Investigations’ Sgt. Russell Holeman said the injuries looked worse than they actually were and that the victim was released from the hospital later the same day.
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