Kidnapper Gets Xbox 360 For Man's Release
Captive freed after video game system turned over
JANUARY 25--A Tennessee man who allegedly kidnapped his son-in-law following a financial dispute released the man after accepting an Xbox 360 game system as ransom, according to police.
According to a Kingsport Police Department report, Allen Begley told cops that Joshua Seal held him against his will Sunday at Seal’s business. Begley said that Seal, pictured in the mug shot at right, accused him of stealing rings from a job site and demanded $245 for the items. Begley added that Seal, 38, assaulted him, blackening his eye.
When Begley, who denied stealing the rings, told Seal that he did not have any money, “Mr. Seal made him call friends and family to find someone that could give him the money,” cops reported. Begley’s mother reported getting a call from her son, who was “crying on the phone and he told her that he was in trouble.”
While Begley’s relatives could not come up with cash, they offered Seal “an Xbox 360 that is worth $400 to $500.” Seal accepted the video game sysem in exchange for the 21-year-old Begley. The transfer was made at Zoomerz, a Kingsport gas station. “Mr. Begley had bruising and swelling under his right eye and had red marks on his neck,” according to the police report.
A subsequent police investigation resulted in Seal’s arrest on an aggravated kidnapping rap. A second man, Bradley Marshall, was also charged with kidnapping for aiding in the detention of Begley at Seal’s business. (2 pages)