'Horrific' attack involved knives, wire, punching, kicking, mouth taped shut, sheriff says

‘Horrific’ attack involved knives, wire, punching, kicking, mouth taped shut, sheriff says

(As originally published with photos from the scene, Tue, February 21st 2023, 1:22 PM EST)

MARSHALL, N.C. (TND) — Three people are under arrest for what the sheriff called a “horrific” kidnapping and attack in the basement of a home in North Carolina.

Authorities in Madison County said the victim showed up at someone’s home, saying they’d been kidnapped.

Deputies got that report Sunday and found the victim with “numerous lacerations to the face, body, and arms. The victim also had multiple cross symbols that had been carved onto the victim’s face and body.”

The victim — whose name, age, and gender have not been released — was taken to a hospital.

Then, Sheriff Buddy Harwood said, detectives and deputies found the home where it occurred. They found Patrick Banks, James Angel, and Nicole Sawyer there.

A search led detectives to determine,

“The victim had been forcibly imprisoned in a basement of the residence. The victim’s hands had been tied to a chair with barb wire. The victim’s feet were also tied up with barb wire. The victim’s chest was tied to a beam of the residence with barb wire, and the victim’s mouth had been taped.”

“The victim had been punched in the head, kicked in the head, struck multiple times in the head by multiple firearms, struck multiple times with a crowbar, sliced by multiple knives causing numerous lacerations to the victim’s face and hands.”

'Horrific' attack involved knives, wire, punching, kicking, mouth taped shut, sheriff says
Patrick Colby Banks (from left), James Angel, and Nicole Sawyer were arrested on charges related to the reported kidnapping and attack, Feb. 19, 2023. (Madison Co. Sheriff’s Office)

The three people at the home were arrested.

Banks was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury with intent to kill, first-degree kidnapping, possession of a weapon of mass destruction, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Angel was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury with intent to kill, first-degree kidnapping, and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

Sawyer was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury with intent to kill, first-degree kidnapping, and possession of a weapon of mass destruction.

Two of them had prior warrants: Banks for a parole violation and for cutting off a probation electronic monitoring device, and Angel for larceny and possession of marijuana.

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