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Charges: Man kidnapped teen, carved 'snitch' into his chest

The victim was tied up in a chair for "a long period of time."

A man who's accused of assaulting a teenager and holding him captive has been charged.

On Monday at around 4:30 p.m., officials got a report about a teenager being held hostage at a home in Wrenshall, and he was in "really bad shape, tied to a chair and getting his head stomped on," a news release from the Carlton County Sheriff's Office says.

When officials got to the house, they found 21-year-old Scott Lindgren, his girlfriend, and the victim (a 17-year-old from Duluth) in a car in his driveway, with the criminal complaint saying the victim was in "horrible shape, injured, and needing medical attention."

According to the criminal complaint:

Lindgren asked the victim to come to his house Sunday around midnight, and that's where Lindgren and "other accomplices" tied him to a chair and assaulted him and threatened him with a gun.

The victim told police he was tied up in a chair "for a long period of time," and Lindgren and two other people "continually assaulted him" throughout the night. They pistol whipped his head and carved the word "snitch" into his chest with a sharp object.

He suffered "many serious injuries," including to his head and brain. He also had visible injuries to his face and body, including a "large burn" on the back of his neck.

Lindgren was arrested and charged with seven felonies including kidnapping; false imprisonment; and first-, second-, and third-degree assault. He's being held on $250,000 bail.

The sheriff's office thinks other people may have been involved or witnessed the incident, so they're asking anyone with information to give them a call at 218-384-3236.

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