Charges: Northern Minnesota man carves ‘snitch’ in kidnapped man’s chest
WRENSHALL, Minn. — A Carlton County man allegedly carved the word "snitch" into a 17-year-old hostage's chest and circulated a Snapchat photo of the victim tied to a chair with a bag over his head.
Scott Kendrick Lindgren, 21, was charged Thursday, May 18, with seven felonies in the alleged kidnapping and assault Monday at his home in Silver Brook Township, near Wrenshall.
The teen, who is from Duluth but was not identified by authorities, also suffered serious head injuries and burns to his neck, according to a criminal complaint.
Authorities said the victim was lured to Lindgren's residence late Sunday or early Monday, but did not specify what led up to the incident. Lindgren was the only person arrested, but Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said investigators are still seeking additional information.
"We believe that other people may have been witness to this incident and may have participated in the assault," she said in a statement. "Anyone with information regarding the events of this incident are encouraged to contact the Carlton County Sheriff's Office."
Lindgren was arraigned in State District Court on two counts of kidnapping and one count each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, threats of violence and false imprisonment.
Sixth Judicial District Judge Robert Macaulay set his conditional bail at $25,000.
According to the criminal complaint:
Deputies were called to the residence at 804 County Road 18 around 4:30 p.m. Monday. A caller indicated that there was a juvenile being held hostage and "in really bad shape, tied to a chair and getting his head stomped on."
Deputies responded and found Lindgren and his girlfriend in a car, attempting to leave the scene. The victim was found in the back seat, "in horrible shape, injured and needing medical attention."
Investigators said they determined that the teen had been summoned to the residence around midnight. In an interview from his hospital room, the victim told deputies that he was tied up and assaulted throughout the day by Lindgren and two accomplices.
The victim reported that he was repeatedly struck with a pistol, and deputies said he required immediate medical attention for a head and brain injury. He also identified Lindgren as the person who carved "snitch" into his chest with an unknown sharp object.
Other people interviewed by law enforcement reported receiving a Snapchat image of the juvenile victim tied up to a chair, his head covered with a bag and blood visible. Messages sent through the Snapchat application are only visible for a short time before disappearing.
As authorities did not release the victim's name, his condition was unavailable Thursday.
Lindgren, whose criminal history is limited to a series of petty misdemeanor convictions, is due back in court on Monday.