Fourth suspect arrested after kidnapping victim found in trunk of vehicle
Louisville Metro Police say they've made a fourth arrest in the case of a man who was kidnapped, bound, placed in the trunk of a vehicle and held for ransom.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've made a fourth arrest in the case of a man who was kidnapped, bound, placed in the trunk of a vehicle and held for ransom.
According to an arrest report, police arrested 25-year-old Rodderick Lanon and charged him with kidnapping.
Police say he has been implicated in the abduction of a man. A ransom was requested after the kidnapping.
He isn't the first suspect to be charged with the crime. Police have already arrested 24-year-old Davron Burrell, 21-year-old Steffon Garcia and Jasamane Wathel.
It was still dark on Monday, Jan. 25, when the victim -- a man in his twenties -- was kidnapped, bound and thrown into the trunk of his own car, police say. It would be 12 hours later when police found the man tied up, a hostage in the trunk of his own car.
"Over several hours, there was surveillance, some intelligence was gathered and an investigation was conducted regarding this kidnapping for ransom,” said Sgt. Emily McKinley, LMPD Homicide.
Sgt. McKinley says police started getting information Monday afternoon because the suspects were demanding a ransom from the victim's family in exchange for his safe return.
It's unknown if any ransom money was ever exchanged.
There are still a lot of holes in the timeline, but police believe the victim was in the trunk for several hours before he was found.
"He said ‘I'm really glad to see you guys,’" McKinley told reporters.
LMPD's Homicide and 9th Mobile Units were able to gather enough information to lead them to the victim.
“Without their skill and investigative work, this young man could have lost his life last night,” said McKinley.
Police say the kidnappers were wearing masks and, for now, it's unclear whether the victim and his abductors know each other.
"Obviously this was a very traumatic event for him so we're working on getting all these details out,” she said.
The victim was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
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