Crime

Three charged in kidnapping of suspected truck thief

A Pierce County man suspected of stealing a truck from a group of car thieves was kidnapped and severely beaten for seven hours, according to court records.

Prosecutors have charged Cameron Green, 30; Krista Mae James, 32; and Steven Pruett, 42, with first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault for Monday’s attack.

The three pleaded not guilty Wednesday and were ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The victim apparently was lured to a Spanaway home with the promise of sex, prosecutors said. When he arrived, Green allegedly hit him over the head and detained him.

The victim also was shot multiple times with a pellet gun and beaten for seven hours in several locations.

“During this period, defendant James essentially made it clear to the victim that if he did not return the stolen truck that he would be beaten and/or possibly killed,” charging papers state.

James allegedly held a .22-caliber handgun to the victim’s head and tried to stuff it in the man’s mouth before hitting him over the head with it.

Pruett repeatedly kicked the victim in the head and ribs and beat him with a baseball bat, the charging papers state.

Once the trio retrieved the stolen truck, they dumped the victim behind a Parkland business at Pacific Avenue South & 121st Street South, prosecutors say.

Law enforcement officers later surrounded the Spanaway home and ordered Pruett to open the front door. He was arrested as he tried to run out the back door.

James and Green, who were inside sleeping, surrendered.

Sheriff’s deputies said they found two stolen cars on the property and the baseball bat and gun believed used in the assault.

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