Man found bound at scene of homicide

Kokomo police investigate a homicide Monday night which led them to a case of kidnapping. [Image credit: Tim Bath - Kokomo Tribune]

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Kokomo Police responded to a call Monday, February 3rd at about 6:30 for reports of shots fired.  Officers found the body of 25-year-old Lashay R. Young-Beard in the back yard of the residence on South Courtland Avenue.

 

Young-Bear, who suffered an apparent gunshot wound according to police, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Howard County Coroner.  An autopsy was reportedly scheduled for Wednesday.

 

While conducting an investigation of the scene, officers found a man, identified only as 24-years-old, gagged and bound at the wrists and ankles with duct tape inside a bathtub.

 

"The male reported to investigators that he had been confined at that residence for (11) eleven days," Kokomo Police stated in an initial release on their Facebook page.  "He reported that individuals known to him and Young-Beard had confined, battered, and burned him with hot water at that residence over a period of days. The male victim is in stable condition at the time of this release."

 

Yesterday, shortly before 5:30 p.m. the first suspect, Troy Lamar Wilson, 31, was taken into custody.  He was charged with two counts each of criminal confinement and aggravated battery.  His bond was set at $500,000 cash only with no 10%.  He remains in custody at the Howard County Jail and is due to appear in court on February 11th.

 

28-year-old Steven B. Allen turned himself in to the Howard County Sheriff's Office at 10:40 a.m. yesterday.  He has been charged with two counts of criminal confinement.  His bond was also set at $500,000 with the same restrictions.  He remains in custody at the Howard County Jail.  His court date has not yet been set.

 

This afternoon, the final suspect, 30-year-old Uriah Levy was taken into custody after someone called in a tip about his location.  He was charged with two counts each of criminal confinement and aggravated battery, and appears to still be going through the booking process at this time as his records are not yet showing with the Howard County Jail.

 

Kokomo Police Department Capt. Tonda Cockrell has stated that the men may face additional charges as the investigation progresses, and have not yet ruled out the possibility that others could be involved.

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