Officials: Man forced to escape from the trunk of his car

by: Greg Suskin Updated:

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CHESTER COUNTY, S.C. - Chester County sheriff's deputies charged 23-year-old Jeremy Legette Friday with kidnapping, assault and battery and conspiracy.  They said he's one of three men who tied up a Rock Hill man Thursday night and forced him into the trunk of his own car.
 
The victim had to jump out to escape his attackers.
 
Sheriff's deputies believe the victim was lured to a house on Roundtree Circle by a woman he knew. He had followed her from Rock Hill to the Chester house.
 
 Neighbors said the house is vacant or it's supposed to be.

Read more:  Police report: Man kidnapped, put in trunk of car (PDF) 

The victim told deputies he walked to the side door and was jumped by several men who tied him up with shoe laces, taped his mouth and tossed him into the trunk of his own car.
 
He managed to pull the trunk release and jump out somewhere on Pine Street several blocks away. He was injured in the fall and told deputies that Legette chased him on foot.
 
A neighbor called 911 and Chester police arrested Legette after responding to a fight call.
 
Charlie Johnson lives on Roundtree Circle and didn't know what to think when he saw police cruisers at the house where the abduction happened.
 
"We knew that was something terrible that probably happened. I was thinking there might be a dead body in there," Johnson said.
 
Other neighbors said they thought the people who had rented the home had been evicted more than a month ago.  Most thought the house was empty.
 
"Thank God that whoever the guy was that he's alive and well. Thank God for that," Johnson said.
 
The victim told deputies when he jumped out of his trunk onto the road, the other two men drove off in his burgundy 2004 Nissan Maxima that has not been found.
 
The victim was released from the hospital.