Two men facing kidnapping charge after allegedly tying man up, holding him at knifepoint

Posted July 19, 2013, at 10:47 a.m.

CHELSEA, Maine — Two young men are facing a kidnapping charge after they tied a man up in a chair and held him at knifepoint overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning, police said.

Ricardo David Perry of Pennsylvania and Eugene Charleston of Connecticut, both 18, are being held without bail at the Kennebec County Jail, Lt. David Tripp of the Maine State Police said Friday.

The victim had texted state police around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday that he had been tied up and held at knifepoint by the two men, according to Tripp.

A trooper was able to make contact with the victim, who wound up freeing himself despite the suspects being in close proximity, Tripp said.

The victim ran out of the house with the suspects in pursuit, Tripp said, but when the suspects saw police, they split up in different directions.

They didn’t get far, as troopers managed to get Perry and Charleston into custody quickly, the lieutenant said.

Tripp said the residence was searched but he didn’t go into specifics on what was found. The lieutenant also praised the victim for keeping calm in a dangerous situation.

If convicted, Perry and Charleston face up to 25 years in prison.

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