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Fake police kidnap, torture man they planned to rob, police say

Fake police kidnap, torture man they planned to rob, police say
Published: Jul. 19, 2018 at 3:50 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2018 at 3:48 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man and woman are in jail accused of posing as police officers to kidnap and torture a man at a Memphis home.

The victim told Memphis police officers that he left his home Friday, July 13 around 4:30 a.m., and that's when a black Ford Taurus pulled up behind him with flashing blue lights.

The man said two suspects with handguns, camouflage hats, and black police vests approached him. Police later identified these two suspects as Yolanda Martin and Anthony Davis.

The victim then said he was forced to the ground and his keys were stolen.

He was then handcuffed and forced to wear a black mask on his head, according to police.

The victim was then taken to a home on Reese Road and placed on a chair where he was choked with a sock, burned, and punched while the suspects asked him "where the money was."

The victim eventually gave them the code to his storage facility.

He said they also threatened to cut off his fingers and toes with pliers and a saw.

When the suspects went into another room, the victim tried to escape while still handcuffed and masked. He ended up diving headfirst through the front window.

Passersby saw the victim rolling into the street and flagged down officers.

"He was trying to get as far away from the house as he could," said one neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous. "He couldn't see, so he rolled and rolled... he was in bad shape he was just yelling help, help, help."

The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition with second- and third-degree burns all over his body. He underwent surgery for his injuries.

Officers then found the Taurus with blue lights and a City-of-Memphis-issued government tag.

The Taurus was checked out and discovered to be a rental car that was rented out to Yolanda Martin.

The car was checked for fingerprints, which officers connected to Anthony Davis.

Davis was arrested Thursday upon meeting with his probation officer. Officers then searched Davis' home and found Martin in his bedroom.

Both Davis and Martin are charged with especially aggravated robbery, especially aggravated kidnapping, and possessing a deadly weapon.

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