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Bloomington Police Arrest 3 For Kidnapping, Beating Adult Man

Bloomington Police say three adults kidnapped a 21-year-old man Monday afternoon and drove him to a rural area of Owen County where they beat him and left him tied to a tree.

Police say they quickly established possible suspects after witnesses alerted them to the kidnapping, because police are familiar with drug-related problems in the area. It is not clear if drugs were involved in the incident.

Police say 19-year-old Shawn Arnett, 19-year-old Jackie Johnson and 20-year-old Dylan Lutz forcibly removed the unidentified victim from an apartment on Gourley Pike at around 3 p.m. Monday. According to witnesses, the three placed the victim into a vehicle.

Lutz later told police they drove the victim to Owen County, beat him and left him in a field. Johnson eventually provided investigators with the exact directions to where they had left the victim, off of Stone Mountain Road near McCullough Road.

Police located the man in a densely wooded area where he had been tied to a tree in a ravine for more than 24 hours. He was transported to Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital in stable condition. Police say the the extent of his injuries are unknown.

Arnett, Jonhson and Lutz are charged with kidnapping, aggravated battery, criminal confinement and burglary.

Arnett and Johnson are housed in the Owen County Jail and have other unrelated charges in Owen County. Lutz is housed in the Monroe County Jail.

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