Mount Pleasant police responded to a Circle K on Tuesday night after a man locked himself in the store’s employee break room to hide, he told police, from kidnappers who intended to collect a debt.
A 911 hang-up drew officers around 8 p.m. to the gas station at 685 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., police said.
One of the store’s employees steered officers toward the break room where a man appeared frightened and was sweating profusely.
The man hesitated to explain why he was there, police said, but upon further questioning said he escaped from two men who had forced him into a four-door sedan.
He told police he knew the men but was unwilling to give their names for fear of retaliation because they were in a gang.
The man escaped from the vehicle after arriving at the gas station, he told police. His attackers didn’t appear to have a weapon, he reported, but they yelled at him to get back inside or they would “beat his (expletive).”
He instead went inside the business, locked himself inside and used a phone to call 911, he told police.
Asked what brought on the abduction, the man reported that he sold the men a PlayStation 3 for $60, but the device didn’t work. The men were looking to collect a “debt,” he said.
No arrests had been made as of Wednesday morning.
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