Kansas man accused of using jumper cables to shock teenage boy

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 58-year-old man has been arrested after police say he attached jumper cables to the ears of a 15-year-old Kansas boy to get information about a robbery. Robert McDowell is accused of kidnapping and aggravated battery according to Sedgwick County court records.

Kidnapping, battery suspect Robert McDowell

Kidnapping, battery suspect Robert McDowell

Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza says the boy was walking early Sunday when he said someone placed a gun at his back. Espinoza says the suspect took the teen to a garage, tied him to a trailer hitch, then attached jumper cables to his ears and shocked him repeatedly while questioning him about a recent robbery.

Police say the man’s wallet had been stolen and he believed the teen knew who was responsible.

The suspect eventually released the boy, who ran home and told his father what happened. He was taken to a hospital.