Kidnapping victim tied to chair with fire set underneath, Opelika police say


An Auburn man has been arrested on kidnapping and other charges Wednesday stemming from a viral video where the victim was tied to a chair and a fire was set underneath the chair, Opelika police said.

Kendrick Omar Hill, 30, of Auburn, was arrested Wednesday on warrants for kidnapping, attempted assault and attempting to flee from law enforcement. The U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force assisted Opelika police on the collar.

Police were made aware of the viral video, which was posted to social media, on Tuesday, the department said in a statement. The video showed the victim, who was apparently assaulted, tied to a chair with a fire set below the chair.

Officers recognized the area depicted in the video and responded to a dead end of Morgan Avenue off South Long Street. That’s where they found the 31-year-old victim, who was still tied to a chair.

Hill was still on the scene when officers arrived and fled on foot. Officers gave chase but were unable to locate him Tuesday. He was apprehended around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

The victim was taken to East Alabama Medical Center in unknown condition.

Anyone with information on the incident was asked to call the Opelika Police Department Detective Division at 334-705-5220 or the Secret Witness Hotline at 334-745-8665. Callers may choose to remain anonymous.

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