Police arrest four men for kidnapping

Published 3:38 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Greenville Police Department has arrested four men involved with the kidnapping and robbery of a Greenville man.

Authorities have charged Lorenzo Johnson Jr., 20, Terence Marsh, 21, Leron Palmer, 19, and Shiveal Soles, 20, with kidnapping, first degree, and robbery, first degree, after they robbed and adducted a 21-year-old man on Nov. 20. All four are being held in the Butler County Correction Facility on a $60,000 bond.

The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries during the incident and was transported to L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital where he received treatment.

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According to Lt. Justin Lovvorn, the victim was able to provide officers with a description of his kidnappers.

“From the description we were able to develop four suspects, and the victim was able to identify them,” Lovvorn said.

According to a statement from the victim, he was driving down Perdue Street shortly after midnight when he noticed a vehicle behind him flashing its lights. After pulling over, one of the four abductors approached the car and demanded money. The victim refused and attempted to drive off, but was stopped by a punch to the face.

“He was dragged out of the vehicle and the four offenders continued to hit and kick him,” Lovvorn said. “He was then forced into the trunk of the offenders’ vehicle and driven to another location in Greenville. The victim said that the four offenders then got him out of the trunk and hit him several more times.”

The four suspects then took $10 in cash and a cell phone from the victim and according to authorities told the victim to “have some more money for them within a certain time period or they would be back for him.”

The four suspects then left the scene. The victim also left the area and contacted a friend who transported him to the hospital where police were notified.