Flint man charged with kidnapping in drug case

FLINT TWP. — On Friday, March 31, at approximately 10:47 pm, the Flint Township Police Department responded to a reported kidnapping at Flint Heights Terrace, 3064 Miller Road, according to a press release. Officers learned that a 58- year-old male City of Flint resident had been abducted at gunpoint as a result of an outstanding drug debt.

Further investigation led to officers locating the victim inside the basement of a vacant home in the City of Flint where he had been bound, gagged, and tied to a chair. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment and was listed in good condition.

James Elbert, 28, and a 27-year-old female, both City of Flint residents, were subsequently arrested and lodged at the Genesee County Jail. The case was reviewed by the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office which on Monday authorized the following charges against Elbert: Kidnapping, Extortion, Felony assault, CCW, and Felon in Possession.

Charges against the female were not authorized.

The victim was abducted while visiting an apartment on the fourth floor of the apartment building, said Police Chief George Sippert in a report to the township board of trustees. He was abducted by two individuals who came and ordered him to leave at gunpoint, Chief Sippert said. It turned out that the daughter of the kidnapped man was involved in drug activity and had incurred debt. The abduction was to get money from the victim.

Police were on August street in Flint talking to the daughter when they received information about where to find the suspect. After talking to about 15 to 20 people at that location, police learned that the victim might be in a vacant house on Dwight Street. Police surrounded that building where they heard someone crying for help. The victim was found tied to a chair in the basement. He was rescued and taken to the hospital for minor injuries for which he was treated and released

The suspect was arrested. Police also still are looking or a 24-yearold accomplice and have a warrant out for his arrest.

Our night shift crew did an outstanding job, “Chief Sippert said about efforts within three to four hours that led to locating and rescuing the victim before the situation worsened.

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