KOKOMO, Ind. (WISH) — While investigating a homicide, Kokomo police say they discovered a man who says he had been confined for more than a week.
Conor Alcala and Mark Pruitt live in the apartment above where the incident happened on a property on the 700 block of South Courtland Avenue.
Alcala called 9-1-1 after hearing a loud sound, walking outside, and finding the body of a woman on the ground.
“Our downstairs neighbors started arguing then I heard some scuffling and so at that point I thought, well maybe it was a gun shot,” said Alcala.
On Monday night, Kokomo police responded to that shots fired call and discovered a woman’s body in the backyard of the residence.
She has since been identified as 25-year-old Lashay Young-Beard of Kokomo.
Alcala and Pruitt say they didn’t recognize the woman, but that they did not know their neighbors well.
While checking out the residence, police then discovered a 24-year-old man tied up in the bathtub. Police say he had duct tape on his mouth and was bound at the wrists and ankles.
He told police he had been confined for the last 11 days. He also says that he and Young-Beard battered by suspects known to them. He also claims he was burned by hot water by the suspects.
The men that live upstairs say that they hadn’t heard any suspicious noises, “So there was no idea in our minds that there was somebody being tortured down there,” said Alcala.They say that their neighbors often throw loud parties with people constantly coming in and out.
“I feel like we could have been more vigilant when we weren’t,” said Pruitt.
On the night that the victim claims he was taken hostage, a neighbor says something happened that she vividly remembers.
“11 days ago I was woken up in the middle of the night to seven gun shots. There were policemen out patrolling the area and they stopped at that particular house,” said neighbor Shirley Haygood.
An older couple used to own and manage the home. Neighbors say a few months ago the husband passed away from cancer and the wife moved out of state with family. Since then, they say things have started to get out of control at that property because a contracting company took over and they don’t monitor the property well.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Kokomo police at 765-456-7017. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-262-TIPS (8477).