Three people have been arrested for allegedly beating and torturing a man two months ago in Hemet, it was learned today.
Originally the victim, a man in his 40’s, told officers that he was kidnapped at a gas station at 5:30 a.m., Saturday Dec. 29.
He explained to investigators he was beaten, stuffed into the trunk of his car and driven along Highway 74 in the San Jacinto Mountains.
He also said he eventually escaped his captors and hid in some heavy brush.
According to a sheriff’s press release, during the victim’s hospitalization, he agreed to be interviewed by investigators.
He admitted to being extremely afraid of the suspects and did not tell the whole truth about his ordeal when first questioned.
The victim then told investigators he was beaten and tortured at a residence in the 43000 block of Tiber Lane in East Hemet. He added his attackers bound, gagged and placed him in the trunk of his own vehicle.
“He was then driven eastbound on Highway 74 until he managed to escape from the trunk,” Sgt. Clear said.
The frightened victim suffered serious injuries during the assault.
On the morning of Tuesday Feb. 19 investigators served search warrants at the home on Tiber Lane and at another home located in the 26000 block of 8th Street, also in East Hemet.
Sgt. Clear added evidence collected at both locations as well at statements from the parties involved led to the arrests.
Hemet residents James Anderson, 53, Reginald Gravely, 33, and 31-year-old Jamicia Gravely were arrested and booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility.
They are all charged with torture, kidnapping, attempted homicide and conspiracy, Sgt. Clear added.
Bail for each suspect is currently set at $1 million.
Anyone with further details regarding this crime is urged to contact Investigator Janecka at 951-791-3400.
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