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Utah pair charged with kidnapping friend, tossing him over fence

Two men accused of kidnapping, beating, and throwing their friend over a fence have been charged.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Two men accused of kidnapping, beating and throwing their friend over a fence have been charged.

Rosario Lorenzo Nunes, 18, and Antonio Raymond Bejarano, 18, both of West Valley City, were charged Friday in 3rd District Court with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery, both first-degree felonies.

On Sunday, Bejarano texted the 18-year-old victim “to hang out with him,” along with Nunes and two juveniles, according to charging documents.

The group went to an apartment. Later, just as the victim was getting up to leave, “Nunes grabbed him around the neck to the point he could not breathe” and wrestled him to the ground, at which point Bejarano and one of the juveniles kicked him and “screamed at him to die,” the charges state.

A sock or a rag was stuffed in the victim’s mouth, his hands bound behind him with his belt, and then the victim was hit twice in the face with a baseball bat, according to the charges.

The group then discussed throwing the man in a canal, but Nunes then told the others to “toss him over the fence,” the charges state.

The victim was then thrown over the fence where he rolled down a hill into traffic. A motorist who has passing by the area stopped and called 911, the charges state.

The victim was taken to the hospital where it was discovered he had suffered two broken facial bones, a broken tooth and a concussion, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.

A 14-year-old was also arrested. It was unknown Friday whether he had been formally charged.