Police: Man assaulted, held hostage at house in Warren

Warren Police said a man and his girlfriend were held against their will at a home on Douglas Street NW

WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Police are investigating an incident where a man said he and his girlfriend were held against their will at a home in Warren.

The victim told police that he and his girlfriend tried to leave a home on Douglas Street NW Tuesday afternoon, but the people at the house would not let them leave.

According to a police report, a friend of the victim called police and the two were able to leave when officers arrived.

Around 9 p.m. that night, the victim and his girlfriend were driving near Elm Road and Atlantic Street. He told police that four men in a small white car pulled next to them, pointing a gun at them and threatening to shoot if they didn’t go back to the house on Douglas.

When they got to the house, the victim said the men ordered them inside. He said one of the men punched him in the face and head, and poked him with a screwdriver.

The victim was able to escape through a window when he asked to go to the bathroom but said his girlfriend was still inside, according to the police report.

Officers observed swelling on the man’s face, two puncture wounds on his forehead and neck, and strangle marks around his neck. They said the victim did not want medical treatment.

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