3 arrested in connection with slaying, kidnapping in Kokomo

Three men have been arrested in connection with a woman’s killing in Kokomo and the alleged kidnapping of a man discovered bound in a bathtub, police said Thursday.

Two of the men, ages 30 and 31, face preliminary charges of criminal confinement and battery, while a 28-year-old man faces preliminary charges of suspicion of aiding, inducing or causing criminal confinement.

The three Kokomo men, who have not been formally charged, were each being held Thursday on $500,000 cash bonds at the Howard County Jail.

They were arrested in a Kokomo police investigation into Monday’s slaying of Lashay R. Young-Beard, 25, and a man’s alleged kidnapping in the city about 60 miles north of Indianapolis.

Capt. Tonda Cockrell of the Kokomo Police Department said the three men could face additional charges and police were investigating whether others may have been involved. The preliminary charges the trio face relate more to the alleged kidnapping than Young-Beard’s death, she told the Kokomo Tribune.

Young-Beard’s body was found Monday night in a the backyard of a home by officers who were investigating reported gunshots. Police said Young-Beard had suffered an apparent gunshot wound.

Inside that home, police found a 24-year-old man bound and gagged with duct tape in a bathtub. Police said in a news release the man told officers he had been a captive for 11 days and that “individuals known to him and Young-Beard had confined, battered and burned him with hot water at that residence over a period of days.”

The man was in stable condition after being treated by medics.

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