KS man charged with kidnapping, assault of boy

Posted at 11:34 AM, Sep 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-30 12:34:07-04

A Wichita man has been charged with abducting a 15-year-old boy and shocking him with jumper cables to get information about a robbery.

The Wichita Eagle reports that 58-year-old Robert McDowell was charged Tuesday with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and criminal threat. It wasn't immediately known whether he had an attorney.

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Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza says a gun was placed against the boy's back early Sunday as he was walking. Espinoza says the suspect took the teen to a garage, tied him to a trailer hitch, then attached jumper cables to his ears and shocked him repeatedly while questioning him about a recent robbery.

Police say the man's wallet had been stolen, and he believed the teen knew who was responsible. The boy was eventually released.