Victim of alleged kidnapping, assault in Sanford describes terrifying night
PORTLAND (WGME) -- The victim of an alleged kidnapping and assault in Sanford is telling CBS 13 exactly what he says happened to him that night.
Justin Richardson said as he laid in the snow with a 10-inch knife wound in his chest, he thought he was going to die. His sister said even his heart surgeon at Maine Medical Center said it was a miracle he survived.
"They cornered me in the building,” Richardson said. “And they paid him for setting it up."
Justin Richardson says he was lured to a Sanford apartment, where he says for four hours, three people held and tortured him over $3,000 of drug money he says his captors told him he owed them.
"I tried to come up with the money,” Richardson said. “I called friends and family. Who comes up with that kind of ransom in the middle of the night? There's not really much you can do."
Justin's sister, Kate Tripodi, says a man got on the phone and told her that her brother would be killed if she didn't come up with the money.
"I got back on the phone with my brother,” Tripodi said. “I just told him there's nothing I can do but pray for you. I mean, who has that kind of money? I certainly don't."
Police say Justin’s mother got a similar call, prompting her to call police. But she had no idea where her son was.
Richardson says when his captors started talking about tying him up and putting him in the trunk, he decided to make a run for it. He says his kidnappers beat and stabbed him by the front steps.
"She tried stabbing me once,” Richardson said. “And the knife didn't go through. So she turned the knife and then stabbed me again. And it went through that time. And it went all the way through my heart. Went through my lung. Cut my pulmonary valve and artery."