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UPDATE: Three arrested in Sequatchie County armed kidnapping

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SEQUATCHIE COUNTY, TN - UPDATE: The Sequatchie County Sheriff's Office, along with the Dunlap Police Department, is investigating an armed kidnapping that led to three arrests.

Investigators say deputies were dispatched to Woodland Way on Signal Mountain just before 7 a.m. Saturday. A man told officers he had been taken at gunpoint from a location in Dunlap. 

The victim told detectives he was held at gunpoint, bound with tape, and placed into the trunk of a vehicle. When the suspects arrived at a location near Woodland Way they removed him from the trunk, proceeded to assault him, and take money from him. The victim was transported to a local hospital for his injuries.

"Whatever they had done to this young man out in the woods they left him there," said Christina Holland, "I mean it's hot, he's hurt, they left him in the woods."
    
Christina Holland is one of the few who lives on Woodland Way in Sequatchie County.
    
She saw police cars at the end of her road on Saturday and a young man being taken away on a stretcher. Police say the 19-year old victim was kidnapped from outside a home about 10 miles away on Mcglothen Lane.

"They got him at gunpoint, bound him with duct tape and put him in the trunk of the car," said Sequatchie County Sheriff Ronnie Hitchcock.
   
Sheriff Hitchcock says the victim was beaten and robbed of his money.
   
That same day a Dunlap detective got an anonymous tip that led to the arrests of 18-year-old Logan Lepard and 18-year-old Hayden Rutherford of Dunlap and 19-year-old Anthony Michael Kauffman of Nappanee, Indiana.

Police say there's no evidence that shows the victim knew his kidnappers.

"I don't know if he knew them, I don't think they did," Sheriff Hitchock said, "But you're dealing with two 18-year olds and a 19-year old."
   
The three suspects were arraigned in Sequatchie County Court Monday morning.
   
That's where the judge saw a Facebook posted by one of the suspects, Daniel Rutherford, on April 29th. It said, in part, "We really should take out EVERY cop."
   
Assistant District Attorney Steve Strain used the post to fight for no bond.
   
The judge agreed - all three suspects are being held with no bond.

"This shows you what caliber people we're dealing with even thought they just turned 18 years old," Sheriff Hitchcock said, "And they got this kind of thoughts, and this frame of mind."

They are charged with aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and kidnapping.

All three are being held in the Sequatchie County Jail without bond and are set to appear in court on Friday, March 15. 
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