Parkersburg man arrested in kidnapping case

Thomas Michael Seebaugh

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man was arrested over the weekend and is being charged with aiding or abetting kidnapping in connection with an incident that occurred earlier this summer, according to Wood County Magistrate Court.

Thomas Michael Seebaugh, 21, 1902 Nash St., Parkersburg, along with three other males, kidnapped the male victim on July 8 in the area of 12th Street in Parkersburg, the criminal complaint says.

The victim was found July 8 on the side of the road with no clothing except for his socks, the complaint said. An investigation revealed the victim was forced into his vehicle against his will.

The victim said four males were present and two of them beat him before forcing him into the backseat of the car, the complaint says. The driver took the group around town and one of the males threw the victim’s cell phone from the vehicle, according to the complaint.

While the vehicle was stopped, the victim attempted unsuccessfully to exit the vehicle and one of the suspects pulled a knife on him, the complaint said.

An individual in a second vehicle stopped and told the victim to get inside the trunk, the complaint said. At that time, Seebaugh left the group, the complaint said.

After the victim was forced in the trunk of the second vehicle, he was driven to 533 Oak Grove Road in Walker where he was found, the complaint said.

“At no point during the sequence of events which the defendant was present for did he make an effort to intervene or attempt to render aid to the victim,” the complaint said.

Seebaugh was present while the victim was beaten, forced into the and when he attempted to escape, the complaint said.

Seebaugh is being held at North Central Regional Jail without bond.

A second suspect, Austin James Parker, 21, of 306 Berry St., Parkersburg, was arrested Aug. 9 on a charge of aiding and abetting kidnapping. Parker, the alleged driver who reportedly left at the same time as Seebaugh, is also being held without bond at the Regional Jail.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.


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