Kidnapping, assault case reportedly about ‘perceived debt’

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The motive behind the kidnapping of a 19-year-old man in Hercules who was allegedly taken to Richmond and beaten is believed to be a “perceived debt,” authorities said.

Charges have been filed against Paul Marquis, 27, and Jason Harrison, 28, both from Hercules, according to police.

Marquis was charged with kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and committing a felony while armed with a firearm, while Harrison was charged with kidnapping.

The incident occurred April 18, when the suspects approached the 19-year-old near his Hercules home and allegedly showed him what he believed to be a gun before driving him against his will to the vicinity of Ninth Street in Richmond. There, the victim was beaten with fists and a metal bar, according to police.

After the assault, the victim went to Kaiser Richmond, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Hospital officials notified Hercules police about the incident.

The victim knew his attackers, and the following day Hercules police detectives executed search warrants at the suspects’ homes, seized evidence and arrested the pair.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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