The man and his three cohorts accused of torturing his estranged wife’s boyfriend were charged Wednesday with kidnapping, assault and robbery.
A Seattle man accused of kidnapping his estranged wife’s boyfriend on Sunday dragged him into a car at gunpoint and pistol-whipped him before bringing him to a “dungeon” with the help of three employees, charging documents say.
What happened next, according to documents filed Wednesday, “can be adequately described as torture.” The four men allegedly bound the victim’s legs with zip ties, tased him around 40 times and poured water down his throat. When it was over, the victim had blood coming out of his eyes, charging papers say.
Scott Sang-Kee Koh, Lazaro Gerardo Ortega-Barajas, Kristoffer Lee Marthini and Jamie Park McCorkle were each charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault and first-degree robbery in connection with the incident, according to court documents. Bail for Koh and Marthini was set at $500,000 and $150,000 for Ortega-Barajas and McCorkle.
According to court documents, Koh’s estranged wife called police to her Queen Anne apartment when he and other relatives showed up to confront her about some personal issues, court papers say. Officers arrived, and both Koh and the boyfriend left.
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Koh then executed his plan to kidnap the victim with the help of his restaurant workers. McCorkle is accused of initiating the kidnapping by striking the victim’s car and then distracting him while the three others attacked. Marthini repeatedly struck the victim with a gun and poured water down his throat, while Ortega-Barajas beat and tased the victim, court documents say.
The boyfriend was taken to Harborview Medical Center with a broken nose, fractured ribs and a collapsed lung, among other injuries.
Arraignment for the four men is scheduled for July 8, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.