A gang of six tortured a roommate for hours in the basement of their home, binding his feet, stapling his lips shut and using a power tool on him, according to police.
Jennifer Moses, 30, Lee Carl Moses, 26, David Masters, 55, Paula Masters, 43, Brandon Haggard, 20 and 45-year-old Tracy Jordan kidnapped the man late on Saturday evening.
The suspects were suspicious about their new roommate, 41-year-old Thomas Chapman, who moved into the house in Magna, near Salt Lake City, Utah ten days ago.
Police said the six men and women held the roommate at gunpoint throughout his ordeal. Chapman was handcuffed, had his ears and chest stapled and a Dremel drill used on him.
The roommates struck him multiple times with objects including a crutch, keyboard, laptop and the butt of a shotgun.
Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said : ‘All night they tortured him. One of the suspect’s claims over the last several weeks different people have pulled a gun on him in the street. They believe (the victim) was responsible for it.’
The group decided at 4 am on Sunday that the roommate might not be responsible for the threats, Officer Hoyal said.
They released the man, who fled to his sister’s house wearing only underpants and was taken to a hospital. He remains in a stable but serious condition after his ordeal.
The six were booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and obstruction of justice.
Records showed all suspects remained in custody today. It was unclear whether they have attorneys.
Chapman had agreed to remodel the basement instead of paying rent at the shared home. The relationship between all those living there was unclear.