Four suspects charged in Jackson County for “Snapchat” kidnapping and robbery

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Four suspects appeared in court Friday after they allegedly kidnapped a man and stole his car and phone.

James Hunter, 23, Zachary Donahoo, 23, Sydney Adams, 19, and Tristen Bishop, 18 have all been charged in Jackson County with first-degree robbery and kidnapping.

Court documents reveal a harrowing story where the victim said he was robbed, kidnapped and left all alone on a rural road. The victim told police he was left wearing only his boxer shorts and tennis shoes

According to the probable cause statement, the victim told police he recently reconnected with an old friend, Adams, on the social media app Snapchat.

The man said Adams invited him to a house in Independence where the two were to have sex. Instead, minutes later, he said Hunter, Donahoo and Bishop were waiting for him in a bedroom.

The victim told police the suspects ordered him to the floor, made him empty his pockets and the man said one of the suspects threatened him with a gun.

Fearing for his life, the man gave up his belongings, including his car. He told police that Donahoo and Hunter drove him to the remote area in eastern Jackson County where they left him blindfolded in his underwear.

An Independence Police Officer drove by, spotted the man and helped him.

In the court documents, the victim also told detective: "It was clear that Sydney Adams set him up.”

Each of the suspects are being held on a $100,000 bond and are due back in court May 11.



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