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Arnold man charged in kidnapping, savage beating

Chuck Biedka

An Arnold man is accused of taking part in the kidnapping and vicious beating of a 19-year-old man in the city last week.

Shawn Andrew Reese, 37, of the 1500 block of Fourth Avenue, was being held in the Westmoreland County jail on Wednesday in lieu of bond pending a preliminary hearing set for today.

The victim, whom the Valley News Dispatch is not naming, told police that on the early morning of Jan. 24 he saw Reese drive up in a car and park in front of his house along the 1500 block of Fourth Avenue.

Reese lives in the same block, so that wasn’t unusual.

The victim said he was walking up the steps to his house at about 12:30 a.m. when he was confronted on the steps by Reese and another man.

According to a police affidavit, the 19-year-old victim was thrown to the ground. The victim said he was repeatedly punched before he was pushed face-down into the rear floor of Reese’s car.

Police say he was abducted. When the car stopped, an unidentified man savagely punched the victim and hit him with a piece of lumber; Reese pistol whipped him, police said.

The victim lost consciousness several times before being driven to yet another location. This time he was pummeled again “too many times to count” and Reese allegedly shoved a pistol into his mouth.

As the pistol was held to the victim’s head, it clicked several times when the trigger was pulled on either an empty or malfunctioning gun.

At the end, the victim was warned that he would be killed if he talked with police.

When he was found in an alley about 20 minutes later, police were called and he was flown to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

The victim was hospitalized for bleeding and swelling of the brain, a broken right arm, left arm injuries that required surgery, a fracture to a sinus cavity, and lacerations to his head and body.

Reese is charged with kidnapping, robbery, aggravated assault, witness intimidation, having a gun without a permit and related charges.

He is being held in jail lieu of $25,000 cash bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for today for Reese in the New Kensington office of District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.


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