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2 Arrested In Connection With Kidnapping And Torture

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Belynda Coffman, 23, has been charged with two counts of kidnapping. Belynda Coffman, 23, has been charged with two counts of kidnapping.
Obryan Jones, 29, has been charged with two counts of kidnapping. Obryan Jones, 29, has been charged with two counts of kidnapping.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -

Columbus police patrol officers and SWAT officers have arrested a man and woman in connection with the alleged kidnapping and torture of three people in July.

According to police, Obryan Jones, 29, and Belynda Coffman, 23, were arrested at a home in the 100 block of North Harris Avenue Wednesday night at about 9:30 p.m. They have each been charged with two counts of kidnapping.

Coffman and Jones are accused of forcing three people into their North Harris Avenue home at gunpoint in July 2013. While in the home, a female and two male victims were blindfolded and held against their will for between six and seven hours. During that time, Jones and his friends allegedly tortured the males by pulling out their teeth with pliers, and assaulting them. The female victim was allegedly sexually assaulted, according to police.

Detectives reported seizing several items from the home that had been used to torture the victims during the search warrant. Detectives also reported seizing a large amount of bath salts, marijuana, and five guns.

Detectives tell NBC4 that the alleged victims were worried about retribution if they came forward, and that is why it took so long to have charges filed.

Investigators said they wanted to move quickly on their suspects.

Those who live in the area and came across SWAT teams said it was too close for them.

"As soon as I came up ... a guy dressed in tactical gear came out of nowhere with a shotgun and said, 'Can I help you? I said, 'Oh my God. I'm trying to get home,'" Michael Mason said.

Even 24 hours later, Mason said he can't believe what happened.

"It's terrifying that we have to have this kind of thing every day. I just want to go to work come home and live an easy life," Mason said.

The two suspects are due in court in Friday morning.

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