Kokomo Police responding to shots fired, find body outside and a man bound in bathtub

The Kokomo Police Department is investigating a homicide and kidnapping case in Kokomo.

Posted: Feb 4, 2020 10:32 AM
Updated: Feb 4, 2020 12:31 PM

KOKOMO, Ind. (WTTV / WLFI) — The Kokomo Police Department (KPD) is investigating a homicide and kidnapping case in Kokomo.

According to police, around 6:35 p.m. Monday, officers responded to the 700 block of South Courtland Ave. on a report of “shots fired”.

Police arrived and found a victim later identified as Lashay R. Young-Beard, 25, of Kokomo in the back yard of a residence when they arrived. Young-Beard was pronounced dead at the scene by the Howard County Coroner.

As officers were investigating the scene, a 24-year-old male victim was found in the bathtub of the home. The victim was reportedly had duct tape on his mouth and binding his wrists and ankles. The man told investigators that he had been confined at that residence for 11 days by people he and Young-Beard knew. He told officers that he had been confined, beaten and burned with hot water at the home over a period of several days.

The victim is currently in stable condition, according to KPD.

Anyone with additional information or video surveillance in the general area of the crime scene is asked to contact Captain Michael Banush (765) 456-7278 or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at (765) 456-7017.

Police said, you may qualify for a cash reward by calling Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-262-TIPS with your anonymous tip.

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