couple charged with kidnapping, torture of husband’s 13-year-old brother

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

(CNN) — A Seattle-area couple is in custody for allegedly holding captive and torturing the man’s 13-year-old brother for three months — including driving a nail through the boy’s hand and keeping him in a cellar for days without food, the prosecutor said Wednesday.

Brandon Gunn, 27, and his wife Viviana, 34, are in the Kitsap County Jail outside Seattle on $500,000 bail each, charged with kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and four counts of assault, county prosecutor Cami Lewis said.

Brandon’s brother is from Atlanta and went in May to stay with his brother for the summer, Kitsap County Deputy Sheriff Scott Wilson said.

“We’ve been crying for days,” the teen’s aunt, Marsha Thomas-Jones, told CNN Atlanta affiliate WSB. “My sister is devastated.”

The alleged torture began as early as May 1 and lasted until the teenager escaped from his brother’s cellar two weeks ago, according to the prosecutor’s complaint, filed Tuesday.

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According to the probable cause certificate filed Monday by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, the boy was sent to the Gunns’ garage where he was duct-taped to a chair with tape over his eyes and mouth, then beaten in the head, torso and legs with a baseball bat and metal bars, losing consciousness at times.

Another time, the couple put the boy’s hand in a bench vise, tightened it, and drove a nail through the his hand with a hammer, the certificate says. The boy said that time, he could see them doing it.

The Gunns duct-taped his hands and hung him from a rafter in the garage, then beat him; they also stapled his right palm with a construction stapler, heated a knife and cut him with it, according to the certificate.

The couple forced the boy to stay naked in a portable dog kennel twice for two to three days at a time, with no food or water, the certificate says. He also was forced to stay in the dark cellar for four days, and when he escaped to get food, he was punished by being beaten with a baseball bat, it says.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/28/justice/washington-torture-case/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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