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Muncie, Ind. police investigating after three victims taken to garage and tortured

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Robert Walton and Benitez McCollum (Source: FOX 59) Robert Walton and Benitez McCollum (Source: FOX 59)
Photo courtesy: FOX 59 Photo courtesy: FOX 59

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police in Muncie, Indiana, are investigating after three victims -- two men and a woman -- say they were kidnapped, taken to a garage and brutally tortured.

According to a report by FOX 59 in Indianapolis, it happened Wednesday night. Police say two men kidnapped the victims and brought them to a car detailing garage. The suspects then tied the victims with zip ties and duct tape and beat them for several hours.

To read the original FOX 59 report, CLICK HERE.

Fortunately, one of the female victims was able to escape because she says the garage was so hot that she was sweating and able to break free from the duct tape around her neck and hands. She then ran to a McClure gas station and called 911.

The woman spoke to FOX 59 news about the terrifying ordeal. She said she went to the car garage after her friend didn’t return home. When she got there, the woman claims she was hit on the back of the head with a shovel and passed out. When she woke up, she said she was bound with zip ties and duct tape.

"They duct taped me about 16-17 times, pulled out half of my hair. I have stitches in the back of my head," said the victim, who FOX59 is not identifying.

To read the original FOX 59 report, CLICK HERE.

Police arrived at the garage around 3:50 a.m. and they located the two other victims and one of the suspects.

The man was beaten in the head with a shovel, and the female was shot dozens of times in her leg with a nail gun. All three victims were rushed to Ball Memorial Hospital.

One woman said she's still terrified for her life and safety.

"My heart was pounding so fast, I thought it was going to pound of my chest." She added, "they said, we could scream forever and nobody could hear us and we did and nobody hear us."

To read the original FOX 59 report, CLICK HERE.

One of the suspects was arrested at the car detailing garage. Police arrested the second suspect at a second location. Police identified the suspects as Robert Walton and Benitez McCollum. They face charges of criminal confinement and battery with a deadly weapon.

Police are still trying to determine the motive for the kidnapping. They believe the suspects knew the victims, but they aren’t sure at what capacity they knew them.

Investigators are also trying to determine why the suspects brought the victims to the car detailing garage. They believe one of the suspects may work there.

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