LINCOLNTON -- Lincoln County authorities have arrested four people in connection with a Thursday night kidnapping that they say resulted from a drug deal gone bad.
The sheriff’s office says Dillon Shane Uzzell, 17; Taryn Parrish, 18; Bradley Good, 20, were all from Newton and Darren Parrish, 16, of Conover, were arrested and charged with first-degree kidnapping and misdemeanor assault. Uzzell was jailed Friday afternoon under $41,000 bond, the others were being held under a $40,000 bond each.
Deputies say it began when a 14-year-old and several other teens set up a drug purchase with several people on a dirt portion of Tripple H Lane in northern Lincoln County. During the transaction, deputies say, one of the buyers grabbed some marijuana from an SUV driven by the sellers and ran away, before paying for it.
Authorities say the four people in the SUV forced the 14-year-old into their vehicle and drove off.
Investigators say the SUV’s driver stopped at two locations and finally put the 14-year-old out of the vehicle several miles away, near East Maiden Highway and Oliver’s Crossroads, east of Maiden. Deputies say the 14-year-old contacted authorities, who picked him up. The teen had several bumps on his head and a bloody nose, and he said a female in the SUV had burned him with a cigarette.
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