Jun 11, 2013 4:44 PM
The Anderson Police Department conducted a search yesterday after they had learned a resident of the town had been taken against his will in what reportedly began as a con to obtain a ride from the Diamond Street area, according to the Department’s press release.
As police continued to gather information, they learned the victim had been contacted at his home by a male subject, and was asked to provide a ride for the subject. Just before 4 p.m. yesterday, Anderson Police were contacted by the victim’s family who had located the victim’s vehicle on the 1800 block of Mill Street, according to the release.
When Anderson Police officers arrived at the vehicle in front of a residence on Mill Street, the officers found 18-year-old Royce Harrison of Shingletown and 19-year-old Aaron Merrill of Palo Cedro in the car. The two young men were reportedly sitting in the victim’s car armed with handguns when contacted by Anderson Police officers. Harrison attempted to flee the scene by running from the vehicle but was detained by officers. Merrill and Harrison were then arrested and taken into custody for felony drug and weapons related violations.
The victim, who claimed he was released by the subjects in a field near the Miss Street residence, later identified Harrison and Merrill as the subjects who held him against his will. After contact with the subjects, police were forced to make entry into 19-year-old Michael Kendrick’s home after Kendrick refused to communicate or cooperate with Anderson Police. Kendrick's residence is where the victim's car was found outside of. Due to the nature of the crime being investigated, along with the subjects being armed, Anderson Police officers made entry into Kendrick’s residence without incident.
During the search of Kendrick’s home police found the victim, as we as narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Kendrick and 19-year-old Tessa Young were detained and later interviewed by detectives regarding the incident involving the victim.
Harrison and Merrill were booked into the Shasta County Jail for kidnapping, along with felony drug and weapons charges. The victim was not reported to have sustained any injuries, and the investigation is ongoing.
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