Anchorage police say boy was kidnapped and tortured

Posted: Tuesday, February 05, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy was held against his will and tortured over the weekend, Anchorage police said.

The boy managed to escape from an East Side trailer Sunday after chewing through the duct tape that had been used to tie him to a bed, police said.

After a seven-hour standoff at the trailer, four men and a 17-year-old girl were arrested in connection with the incident.

Police were still trying to determine exactly what happened. According to investigators, the boy went with a friend to the trailer Friday night to watch movies and play video games.

The victim was pistol whipped, knocked unconscious and duct-taped by his hands and feet to a bed. Police said the boy was assaulted throughout the day Saturday. At one point, someone carved initials into his back with a knife.

The boy managed to escape while those in the trailer slept early Sunday morning. A 21-year-old woman in the trailer also was beaten and has been hospitalized, police said.

Police surrounded the trailer at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday. At mid-morning the 17-year-old girl surrendered. She was charged with first-degree assault and kidnapping and is being held at the McLaughlin Youth Center.

The four men in the trailer surrendered at 4:30 p.m. They were identified as Nathan Carroll, 19; Nicholas Stevens, 21; Joseph Shank, 21; and Allen John, 20. All were charged with kidnapping and assault and were being held at Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Faciliy.

Shank, who had outstanding warrants, was being held on $115,000 bail, police said. Bail was set at $110,000 for the other men.

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