Police have arrested four men in connection to the beating and kidnapping of a friend. According to authorities the incident started when the men gathered to celebrate the memory of a Chardon High School shooting victim.
An arrest report obtained by Fox 8 News states that Nathan Brewer, 20, of Austintown; Anthony Zingale, 20, Nicholas Nelson, 21, both of Chardon, and James Castle, 20, of East Clarion; are being held in the Mahoning County Jail on suspicion of felonious assault and kidnapping related to the incident which took place Tuesday night.
Det. Sgt. Kathy Dina tells Fox 8 News that the four men and the victim were gathered at Brewer’s apartment in Austintown to have drinks in honor of their friend, Danny Parmertor, who was killed one month earlier in the Chardon High School shootings.
Brewer, who is formerly of Chardon, and the other men were all friends with Parmertor according to Dina.
Police were called to Brewer’s residence over noise complaints around 11:40 p.m. according to the arrest report. At that time police were told by the men that they were drinking and playing beer pong, when one of their friends became extremely intoxicated.
The men told police that, “They threw [the victim] into the shower to sober him up.”
While police were at the apartment the victim came stumbling out of the bathroom, wrapping his nude body in a towel. According to the report the victim, “Stumbled about in an intoxicated manner.”
Police advised the men to stop making noise or face legal action.
Around 90 minutes later, the Ohio State Highway Patrol pulled over a van that was traveling with its headlights off in Howland Township.
The arrest report says that troopers discovered the victim beaten and bloodied in the back of the vehicle.
A witness statement provided to police states that after police left Brewer’s apartment, one of the men arrested pulled up to the front of the building in the van. Moments later two men dragged a naked man out of the front door of Brewer’s apartment and threw the man into the back of the van.
According to Dina, the victim was beaten in the apartment after police left the scene.
The arrest report states that officers discovered a large blood stain on the carpet at Brewer’s apartment after returning to the scene following the arrests.
The victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries.
According to Dina, the men could be facing additional charges related to the incident.