MOUNT SHASTA – Three suspects are in custody after they allegedly kidnapped a 44-year-old man from a Mount Shasta apartment building on Monday, assaulted him and left him naked and bleeding at the Mount Shasta City Park.
Casey Mathew Whirl, 32, of Mount Shasta, Paul Zachary Bledsoe, 21, of Barbersville, WV., and Kristen Hill, 36, of Mount Shasta, were booked into the Siskiyou County Jail on Tuesday, said Mount Shasta Police Department (MSPD) Officer Robert Gibson.
They are each charged with kidnapping, battery with serious bodily injury and conspiracy to commit a crime. Hill and Bledsoe are being held on $100,000 bail and Whirl is being held on $150,000 bail.
The suspects may be charged with sexual assault, said Gibson. He explained that authorities are awaiting the results of the alleged victim's medical forensic examination before determining whether sexual assault charges will be brought against the suspects.
The investigation began on Monday at 10:35 p.m., when the MSPD received a 9-1-1 call from an apartment building on Ski Village Drive, said Gibson. The caller reported the sound of glass breaking, and a person saying that someone was getting a gun.
Officers responded to the apartment building, and were unable to locate those involved in the incident, said Gibson.
In speaking with witnesses, they were able to obtain the description of the van that had been parked at the apartment building earlier.
Gibson said that officers recognized the van description, as the vehicle is often parked at the Mount Shasta City Park.
Officers searched the Mount Shasta City Park and discovered the alleged victim was naked and bleeding in the park.
The alleged victim was transported to Mercy Medical Center for head and chest injuries that appeared to have been caused by a beating, said Gibson.
When the alleged victim was at the hospital receiving care, he told officers that he had been sexually assaulted as well as beaten, and he gave them a description of his three alleged attackers.
On Tuesday morning, when officers were still attempting to locate the three suspects, the suspects arrived at the police department and reportedly admitted to beating the alleged victim, said Gibson. However, he noted that they did not admit to sexually assaulting him.
Whirl, Bledsoe and Hill provided officers with the clothing that the alleged victim was wearing before they reportedly stripped him and left him at the park.
Gibson said the suspects told officers that Hill had beaten the alleged victim at the apartment and then put him in the bathtub to clean him up. Then, when he came out of the bathroom, the trio beat him, put him in Hill's van, and drove him to the park where they reportedly assaulted him again and left him naked.
Gibson said this case is still under investigation. He is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the MSPD at 926-7540.