Tribune Chronicle / Chuck Rogers
Shane DeSmith holds up his blistered hand Tuesday. The Leavittsburg man claims he was tied to a chair and tortured for seven hours Sunday over a $50 debt.
Pair arrested in torture
Man tells police he survived 7-hour ordeal
By CHRISTOPHER BOBBY Tribune Chronicle
POSTED: February 27, 2008
WARREN — A Leavittsburg man said after he was kidnapped and tortured for seven hours Sunday, he finally told his captors to kill him and get it over with.
‘‘I didn’t want to die. But after seven hours, I told them, ‘Just shoot me, dude,’’’ said Shane DeSmith of Riverview Drive N.W. ‘‘I asked for a phone so I could tell my kids that I love ’em.’’
Recovering at home Tuesday after nearly a day in the hospital, DeSmith, 25, says he feels lucky to be alive considering a blowtorch, grinder and sledgehammer were among instruments used against him.
The ordeal, he said, was over a $50 bag of marijuana that he was fronted and still owed.
DeSmith said he was walking along Porter Street N.E. when a father and son pulled up near him and ordered him at gunpoint into their pickup truck. DeSmith said he had flagged them down because he had the money but they told him it ‘‘wasn’t good enough.’’
Police detectives said DeSmith was taken to a home on South Street S.E. about 4:30 p.m. and tied to a yellow chair in the basement where the two men live.
Then — as if out of scene from a movie — one of the men called two friends to come over to watch or take part in the torture. DeSmith said the two visitors went by the nicknames ‘‘Finny’’ and ‘‘Huey.’’
‘‘I didn’t know what to expect when they pulled out a blowtorch,’’ he said.
During his seven hours of torture, Shane DeSmith said he was:
Tied to a chair in a basement;
Hit in the head with a beer bottle;
Beaten with a 2-by-4 board and a sledgehammer;
Burned with items heated by a blow torch;
Had his toes and feet ground with an electric grinder.