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Officers find man in trunk during arrest

Published On: Dec 29 2013 08:29:53 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 30 2013 10:05:55 AM CST
Sullivan County sheriff's deputy
SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. -

Police say four men are behind bars after a man was kidnapped at gunpoint and thrown into the trunk of a car.

We're told the incident happened early Sunday morning at a home in Kingsport. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office says they were called out to a home on Belsay Drives around 2:30 Sunday morning.

Witnesses told police their friend was kidnapped at gunpoint. During the investigation, police found the suspects' car on Sullivan Gardens Parkway.

We're told three men ran when police stopped the car; officers arrested a fourth who couldn't get away.

During the arrest police heard noise coming from the trunk; they found the victim inside. He was taken to the hospital but wasn't seriously injured.

Police found the other suspects hiding in the woods -- now all four are facing charges. Click here to view mugshots.

19-year-old Jesse Shaffer of Gray, Tennessee is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, possession for resale, felony evading arrest and two counts of aggravated assault.

20-year-old Andrew Farmer of Johnson City is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, possession for resale, felony evading arrest and aggravated burglary.

18-year-old Colin Kotomski of Kingsport is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, possession for resale and felony evading arrest.

20-year-old James McCord of Bluff City is charged with especially aggravated kidnapping, possession for resale and felony evading arrest.

Police believe the incident started with a drug deal on Belsay Drive; they say a female witness was handed marijuana and ran without paying, then the suspects allegedly beat and kidnapped her friend.

We’re told the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed.