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Four charged in alleged kidnapping involving naked man

Jacob L. Woods
Jacob L. Woods

-- An Evansville, Indiana woman and a Henderson County man are the most recent arrests in connection with a man found naked and tied up on Eclipse Day.

Jessica Caterina, 24, and Jacob L. Woods, 29, who lives on Melody Lane in Henderson County, were taken into custody Thursday and charged with kidnapping and first-degree wanton endangerment. Caterina was also charged with being a fugitive from another state. Authorities said she is wanted by Vanderburgh County, Indiana police on a robbery charge.

Mason Q. Brown, 22, a resident of South Green Street, and Cole E. Schriber, 23, 200 block of South Lincoln Avenue, were each charged last week with the kidnapping of an adult and first-degree wanton endangerment. Brown was additionally charged on bench warrants for failure to appear.

The investigation began around 6:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, which was Eclipse Day as well as Caterina's birthday, when the victim, a 22-year-old resident of Jasper, Indiana, was found lying on Kentucky 136-West in the Alzey-Bottoms. He was naked, except for the blankets he was wrapped in and the duct tape with which he was bound, according to the Henderson County Sheriff's Office.

"The victim gave deputies statements in reference to the events that took place and what he could recall before he woke up in the woods," a news release said.

After an investigation into the statements made by the victim, Brown, and Schriber were located and taken into custody.

Henderson County Sheriff's Detective Bob Wathen said the victim had been friends with Brown for many years. He was acquainted with the others.

Wathen said the back story of the events which led to the victim being found naked and tied up on the road is still under investigation.

Caterina and Woods were lodged at the Henderson County Detention Center.

Preliminary hearings for Brown and Schriber have been scheduled for Sept. 13 in Henderson District Court.

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