Livingston County authorities are investigating the assault of a juvenile who reportedly was lured into a remote rural location by two other juveniles and was choked, beaten and threatened to be stabbed late Friday night.
Livingston County authorities are investigating the assault of a juvenile who reportedly was lured into a remote rural location by two other juveniles and was choked, beatened, threatened to be stabbed late Friday night. Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox reports that his office was summoned to Hedrick Medical Center to investigate a reported assault where the juvenile victim was being treated. According to a news release issued Saturday by the sheriff, the reported victim provided information on the alleged incident. The juvenile victim agreed to walk to a remote location in rural Livingston County with two juvenile suspects. Once at the remote location, a series of events quickly transpired and included choking the victim multiple times, attempting to tie up the victim with some type of rope and attempted use of heavy tape to secure the victim’s limbs. The victim also reported being beaten, threatened to be stabbed and intended to be tied up and left to die. At some point a large rock was used as a weapon in attempt to strike the victim’s head which resulted in injury to the victim, the news release stated. The intended victim was able to avoid being fully restrained and eventually secured his/her freedom upon agreeing to kill a different person the suspect(s) allegedly dislike. The victim was subsequently taken by a parent to the hospital for treatment of injuries and also summoned law enforcement. The victim was reportedly going to be released from the hospital after treatment of injuries. The investigation included the search of the reported crime scene and seizure of evidence. The investigation resulted in the detention of two juvenile suspects. The juvenile office was involved and parents were notified with subsequent attempt of interviews. The LCSO quickly alerted the other potential victim/family and confirmed that person had not been contacted and was safe, the sheriff’s news release stated. No evidence or information suggests anyone else or a facility has been targeted or threatened, Cox stated. The LCSO received assistance from Deputy/School Resource Officer Mike Lewis, the Juvenile Office, and the Chillicothe Police Department. “This incident could have easily turned out much worse,” the sheriff stated. Reports will be submitted to both the juvenile office and Prosecuting Attorney Adam Warren for consideration of seeking adult criminal charges. Investigation continues.