Police arrest 2 in kidnap, assault

Jan 26 2012 - 12:04am

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Kory Evan Edwards
Vanitee Ann Stewart
Kory Evan Edwards
Vanitee Ann Stewart

OGDEN -- Two more people have been arrested in the beating and stabbing of a man who says he was held captive for six harrowing hours earlier this month.

Kory Evan Edwards, 29, was booked into Weber County Jail on Tuesday on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping, five counts of unlawful possession and use of a credit card, unlawful possession of another's identification documents and providing false information to a police officer.

His bond has been set at $50,429.

Vanitee Ann Stewart, 22, has been booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping and possession of marijuana.

Her bond is set at $30,623.

Stewart is associated with the Juggalo gang, but that isn't believed to have contributed to the assault and kidnapping incident, Police Lt. Scott Conley said.

Gary Alan Rushing, 28, was booked into Weber County Jail last week on suspicion of aggravated kidnapping, assault and never obtaining a driver's license in connection with the incident.

His bond is $20,000.

The victim is believed to have been held captive because he failed to provide information to the suspects about a previous theft and criminal mischief incident, Conley said.

The suspected kidnapping and assault unfolded around 10:20 p.m. Jan. 12, when the Weber Area Dispatch 911 center received a call from a cashier at the Kwick Stop Sinclair convenience store at 110 Patterson Ave.

The cashier reported that a man was at the store and appeared to have been stabbed in the face and was handcuffed behind his back, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The manager on duty at the Kwick Stop Sinclair said the victim came to the store begging for help.

"He knocked on the window (of the store), saying, 'Help me. Help me,' " the manager told the Standard-Examiner last week. "He was cut on the face and bleeding, with no jacket and no shoes."

The victim told police that Stewart, Edwards and Rushing were involved in the assault at a residence on Patterson Avenue.

He said Rushing handcuffed him and, along with Stewart and Edwards, punched and kicked him, the affidavit states.

The victim told police he was placed in the dwelling's basement and left there for about six hours without food or water.

He also reported that during that time, Stewart came downstairs and cut him on the face and neck and stabbed him in the arm.

The victim also said Stewart, Edwards and Rushing were upstairs discussing whether to kill him when he escaped from the back door of the residence, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit does not list a motive for the crime.

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