Police: 2 arrested for kidnapping Columbia 13-year-old

Michael Swarthout (Courtesy: Columbia Police Department)

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two people are accused of blindfolding a 13-year-old boy, robbing him and leaving him in a field in Maury County on Saturday.

Columbia police told News 2 Michael Swarthout and another teen called the victim and threatened to kill his family if he didn’t come out of his home with his video game console.

When the victim came outside, he was allegedly blindfolded and put inside a car.

The victim told police the suspects took him to a field, put a gun to his stomach, and told him to walk away.

The suspects fled and the victim reportedly stopped the first car he saw for help.

Both Swarthout and the other suspect, who is a juvenile, have been arrested on charges of aggravated robbery and especially aggravated kidnapping.

The victim’s mother, who didn’t want her identity revealed, told News 2 she’s worried the younger suspect will get a slap on the wrist.

“My fear is that (the judge) is going to release this boy with community service and probation,” she said.

She’s hoping the juvenile suspect will be charged as an adult.

“To me there should be more punishment. This is aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping. It’s a Class A felony, the same classification as murder.”

The crime has shaken the victim’s family.

“It just set in that fear of just lying awake at night, listening for any little sound or any little thing that would happen,” the boy’s mother said.

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