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SCSD charge Shelburn man with kidnapping and aggravated battery


Sullivan County Sheriff’s Dept. investigators  worked throughout the day Thursday investigating a kidnapping, which occurred just after midnight.
The preliminary investigation has revealed that an adult male was taken by force from his residence, just south of Sullivan.
The victim was forced into the trunk of a car and then taken to a rural area, where he was severely beaten.
The investigation revealed the victim, later identified as Robert Nagy, 28, Sullivan, was also struck in the head with a hatchet. Nagy was later treated for serious head and facial injuries at Terre Haute Regional Hospital, where he is awaiting transfer to an Indianapolis hospital.
A joint investigation between the SCSD and Vigo County Sheriff’s Dept. resulted in a suspect, Michael L. Scott, 29, Shelburn, being taken into custody Thursday afternoon.
After a foot search with K9’s and drones, Vigo County Sheriff’s officials located Scott near a railroad track, near Oregon Church Road in Vigo County.
Scott was first transported to the Vigo County Jail for questioning and later transferred to the Sullivan County Jail to face kidnapping charges.
Police learned a female, who was not a willing participant in the kidnapping, had also been in the vehicle and was also battered by Scott following the kidnapping.
The female jumped from the car near U.S. 41 and Harlan Road in Vigo County. She then flagged down a passerby, who transported her to the Terre Haute Police Department.
The female, whose name is not being released at this time, was not seriously injured and declined  any medical treatment.
After the female flagged down a passerby, Scott fled southbound on U.S. 41 in her vehicle.
A short time later, Scott crashed the car near Boot City, on U.S. 41 south, before fleeing the scene on foot.
The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office is conducting that portion of the investigation and further charges are expected.
After Sullivan County Sheriff’s investigators conferred with Sullivan County Prosecutor Ann Mischler, Scott was charged with kidnapping, a Level 3 felony; criminal confinement, a Level 3 felony; aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony; battery with a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony; and intimidation, a Level 5 felony.
Scott remains in the Sullivan County Jail under $120,000 bond with 10% allowed.

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