3 arrested in kidnapping

kidnapping suspects

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Two men, including one who was acquitted of rape in March, and a 16-year-old boy are facing charges that say they kidnapped a man at gunpoint and held him in a Youngstown home for two days and threatened to kill him if he tried to leave.

Stacey Rice, 23, and Kenneth Hubbard, 33, are being held in the Mahoning County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

The duo and a 16-year-old boy were arrested early Thursday on the charges. All three tried to flee when officers arrived.

Rice, who was acquitted of rape five months ago, was caught dangling from a bed sheet hanging from the second floor of 330 W. Earle Ave., reports say. Hubbard slammed the door on an officer, catching him between the door and frame.

Formal charges had not been filed as of 1 p.m.

Reports say a 33-year-old Austintown man flagged down an officer on patrol while breathing heavilyy and sweating profusely at 4:15 a.m. Thursday. He said he ran from the West Earle home and that several people were searching for him.

The man said he was working at the Ohio Gas Mart on Glenwood Avenue and was approached by the group. Reports say Rice told the man he owed Rice a large amount of money. The man then told Rice he had no money and would call him another time.

Rice then forced the man into his 1994 Ford Ranger at gunpoint and drove him to the West Earle home, where he was forced into the house and robbed of his wallet and cell phone, reports say.

The man told police the group, who all had guns, held him for two days in the home. They told the man if he left he would be shot and killed, reports say.

Two days later, when all the men had left, he fled and flagged down the officer, reports say.

Officers went to the home and the trio and another man were sitting on the front porch. They scattered when officers arrived, police said.

Rice, according to court records, was acquitted in March by a jury of five counts of rape and kidnapping after a three-day trial in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in 2010. Hubbard was convicted of domestic violence in July.

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