Police: Cincinnati man says he stole ambulance after being 'tortured’

Clearcreek Township man held in dog cage

CLEARCREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) - A Cincinnati man spent three days in a dog cage after his former girlfriend lured him to a house in Clearkcreek Township, where he was dragged inside against his will and tortured, police say.

According to court documents, a police search of the home found a choker chain, a hook tool, pliers, electrical cords and the blue lawn chair in which the victim says the torture was performed.

Initial reports surfaced Saturday when the kidnapped man, Patrick Coleman, 22, escaped from the house and stole an ambulance.

Police were sent to Clearcreek Fire District Station 22 around 12:30 p.m. upon hearing the station had been burglarized and an ambulance taken while firefighters were at the scene of a vehicle fire.

A short time later, officers were told the ambulance had been found at Dayton Children’s Hospital and Dayton police were with a possible suspect.

Officers say they went to interview Coleman at the hospital, where he was being treated for injuries.

Coleman alleged he received a call from a former girlfriend, Lindsay Parker, sometime on Oct. 16. She told him she was being assaulted and abused at the house. Coleman says he went there with the intent of helping her, then was forced into the house against his will and kept there until his escape.

Coleman identified Christopher Edwards (“Mongo”), Lindsay Parker, Bryan Parker (her father), Brandon Morris and Elizabeth Wynn as his torturers.

His injuries consisted of cuts, burns, restraint burns, and bruising, which corroborated hisstory of kidnapping and torture and gave police probable cause to search the house in question.

The house, located at 331 East Lytle Five Points, is owned by Jennifer Almon, who did not participate in the torture, says Coleman, but made no effort to stop it.

The house sits across the street from the fire station where Coleman stole the ambulance.

Later, police arrested Christopher A. Edwards and charged him with kidnapping and felonious assault.

Warren County court documents say Edwards forced Coleman inside the home and terrorized and assaulted him with the help of at least five other individuals for several days.

The documents also say Edwards kept Coleman in a dog cage.

Jail records also indicate Edwards was wanted on a probation violation.

Edwards is in custody at the Warren County Jail. His bond was set at $350,000 during a court appearance Monday morning.

His preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 29.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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