Three out-of-state men accused of kidnapping a Waterboro man after threatening him and two other people with a blowtorch were indicted this week on a slew of charges in connection with the January incident.

The trio – Angel Alicea, 25, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and Samuel Hilton, 24, and Anyheuris Mota-Speing, 24, both of Lawrence, Massachusetts – allegedly drove to a home on Northeast Road in Waterboro to steal marijuana. They were arrested after a victim they allegedly kidnapped escaped from their car in Newfield and yelled for help.

Alicea, Hilton and Mota-Speing were under the apparent misconception that there was a large amount of marijuana in the house, York County Sheriff Bill King said in January. The men became angry when they were told there was no marijuana and ordered the three victims to lie on the floor, where they were bound with duct tape while the intruders searched the house, King said.

When one victim resisted, an intruder struck him in the head with a gun, according to police. One victim was dragged down a flight of stairs and all were told they would be burned with a blowtorch if they did not reveal where the marijuana was hidden, police said.

“One of the victims concocted a story that the marijuana was in the possession of an ‘associate’ and pointed to a random vehicle that was passing the house,” King said in January. “The quick-thinking victim told the men the stash of marijuana was in the vehicle that was traveling down the road.”

Alicea, Hilton and Mota-Speing rushed to their car – forcing one victim to come with them – and tried to chase down the passing car, King said. The random car drove to Newfield before the suspects’ car caught up to it. When the cars slowed, the victim jumped out and yelled for help, King said.

Alicea and Mota-Speing were indicted this week by a York County grand jury on 13 charges: three counts of robbery with physical force (Class A), three counts of kidnapping (Class A), three counts of criminal threatening with a weapon (Class C), three counts of terrorizing with a weapon (Class C) and one count of conspiracy (Class B).

Hilton was indicted on nine charges: three counts of robbery with physical force (Class A), three counts of kidnapping (Class A), one count of criminal threatening with a weapon (Class C), one count of terrorizing with a weapon (Class C) and one count of conspiracy (Class B).

They face up to 30 years in prison for the Class A charges, up to 10 years in prison for the Class B charges and up to five years in prison for the Class C charges.

 

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