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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He says he was kidnapped and stuffed in the trunk of his own car for hours -- and his dramatic rescue unfolded in front of police cameras. We also hear from the victim, when he speaks to police and recounts everything that happened to him that night.
Closing down Circle K on Taylorsville Road in August, Shawn Bloemer thought it was an ordinary night. A woman had come in a few times to buy snacks, and asked for a tire iron. He had noticed she and two men were having car trouble in the parking lot.
When he locked up for the night, he says he found those three people trying to steal a tire from his car -- and says Trent Blye started beating him. "He started to hit me, struck me in the head, punched me in the stomach a couple of times," said Bloemer. "They shoved me headfirst into the light post," he added.
But he says it did not end there. "They stood me up, put a towel around my head, tied my wrists with a T-shirt, and put me in the trunk of my car," he explained. "Right before they closed the trunk they said this isn't personal, we need your car."
He believes he was in there for around three hours as they made several stops around town, including one where he remembers a man approaching the car and talking about heroin. Then, he says they became paranoid. "They started discussing how much trouble they would get in if they got caught, how much time they would have to do if something happened."
But then he went blank. "I passed out, I'm not sure for how long. When I woke back up the car was stopped. And I heard a voice and I could tell from the inflection that he was an officer," said Bloemer.
Officers Daniel Goldberg and Frederick Wilson were honored for their quick thinking on the routine traffic stop, immediately picking up on the fact that something wasn't right. "He came back and asked about insurance, and that's when I started kicking and punching on the hood, yelling. At that point the officer became very much more aware, immediately called for backup."
In dashcam video, you can see the officers pointing guns at the car and ripping the three suspects out of the car one by one. Then they aimed at the trunk, rescuing Bloemer. "I'm just glad that they were there when they were," he said.
The three are charged with kidnapping, theft, and wanton endangerment.