- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

EAST BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) - Two men have been arrested after Kitsap County sheriff’s officers learned that two other men had been held captive, severely beaten and robbed.

A 43-year-old East Bremerton, Washington, man was arrested for investigation of assault, robbery and unlawful imprisonment and held on $1 million bail, Deputy Scott Wilson said Friday. A 29-year-old transient was arrested for investigation of assault and robbery. His bail was set at $200,000.

An injured 52-year-old man made his way late Thursday to a church parking lot, Wilson said. He reported escaping from his primary captor once when that man passed out from ingesting methamphetamine, only to be found and beaten. He managed to escape again.

Acting on that man’s information, deputies located a house where they found a 37-year-old man reportedly suffering from a neurodegenerative disorder. He was badly injured and lying on the ground. That man suffered skull and facial fractures, a cervical spine fracture, broken ribs, burns to his legs and feet and upper body cuts, the spokesman said.

Detectives learned the primary suspect had threatened the 37-year-old with a gun and with the possibility of sexual assault. The captor is also accused of using his fists and feet, tools, tree branches and a rubber hose to assault the victim over several days. At one point, the younger victim was left outside, without clothing, for more than a day, Wilson said.

The transient is accused of complicity in the assault and robbery of the 37-year-old victim, the spokesman said.

It appears the men were held captive to extort money and medications, Wilson said, adding the relationship among the parties was “not real clear.”

Both victims were taken to a hospital.

It’s fortunate sheriff’s officers found the house, Wilson told the Kitsap Sun (https://is.gd/uVmk1G ).

“Who knows what would have happened,” he said.

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