Phila. police: Man beaten, kidnapped, tattooed

Clockwise from top left: Sandra Ng, 19; David Thomas, 27; Corry "Corey" Campbell, 20; and Jennifer Pratt, 29 were arrested in connection with the forced tattooing of a man in his Mayfair home.
Clockwise from top left: Sandra Ng, 19; David Thomas, 27; Corry "Corey" Campbell, 20; and Jennifer Pratt, 29 were arrested in connection with the forced tattooing of a man in his Mayfair home.
Posted: April 04, 2014

Police have arrested four people who held a 52-year-old Mayfair man captive in his own home for nearly two days, during which they forcibly tattooed him with what officers called "inappropriate racial and sexual images."

Three of those arrested were his roommates.

Police said the man flagged down police officers a block from his house on the 3100 block of Brighton Street about 9 a.m. Tuesday and told them he had been held against his will since 3 p.m. Sunday.

He said three of his roommates, plus a fourth man from Bustleton, had assaulted him - and he showed police bruises to his hands, eyes, ribs, and torso.

He also showed them "several recent tattoos" of racially and sexually charged terms and images, police said. The man said he managed to call 911 and escape the house when his roommates fell asleep Tuesday morning.

Police did not specify a motive for the assault.

Back at his house, the man identified his still-sleeping roommates and their guest, and police arrested them. The man was taken to Aria Hospital Frankford Campus for treatment.

A search of the property turned up 155 grams of marijuana, the victim's debit card - which he told police his roommates had stolen from him - several prescription bottles of what police believe was Xanax and oxycodone, tattoo ink bottles, tattoo needles, and a tattoo gun.

The man's roommates - Sandra Ng, 19; Jennifer Pratt, 29; and Corry Campbell, 20 - and their guest, David Thomas, 27, were each charged with aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, kidnapping, theft, and related offenses.


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