Two accused of tying up, beating teen

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies have arrested two men they say captured a teenager, bound and beat him and told him to dig a hole before letting him go.

Nicholas R. Jackson, 33, of Medford and Kekai K. Kuehu, 30, of Ashland, are being held in Jackson County Jail on charges of first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release this afternoon that two 17-year-old males were walking in the area of Meridian Road, Eagle Point, between 3 and 4 a.m. on Nov. 19 when a shotgun was fired. Both juveniles ran, but one was captured.

He was taken into a residence that is registered as a growing site for medical marijuana and his hands and feet were bound with packaging tape and rope, the news release said. He eventually was strapped into a wheelchair, covered with a blanket and left in a bathroom for several hours.

A second man arrived and began questioning and beating the teen with a wooden stick. The news release did not say which man was accused of tying up or beating the teen. At some point the teen was taken out to the back yard and asked to dig a hole in the ground. The men then stole the boy’s shoes and made him walk back to his friend’s home about four or five miles down the road, the release said.

Jackson and Keuhu were lodged in Jackson County Jail on Monday and are being held on $2 million bail, according to jail records. More information will be available in Wednesday’s Mail Tribune.

— Staff reports

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