Billings men accused of kidnapping, shaving victim's head

2012-08-20T17:10:00Z 2012-08-31T14:42:11Z Billings men accused of kidnapping, shaving victim's headBy GREG TUTTLE The Billings Gazette

Two Billings men accused of abducting another man who owed them drug money, binding him and shaving an X into his head were charged Monday in Justice Court.

Timothy John Keil, 24, and Shawn Alexander Rohrer, 21, appeared before Judge Larry Herman by video from the county jail on felony charges of kidnapping and intimidation.

Prosecutors filed alternative charges of kidnapping by accountability and intimidation by accountability against both men. Keil faces an additional charge of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Herman set bond for both men at $12,000 and ordered them to appear Aug. 27 for arraignment in District Court.

According to court records, Keil and Rohrer were arrested Saturday after police were called to a residence on Ray’s Lane at about 11:20 a.m. The victim said he was walking home earlier when he was confronted by Keil and Rohrer.

The victim, identified only by the initials T.J.K., said Keil and Rohrer threatened to hurt his family and rape his girlfriend in front of him if he didn’t get in their car.

T.J.K. said he owed the men about $700 for marijuana.

T.J.K. said he was driven to a residence on Foster Lane where one or both of the men lived and was tied to a beach chair with metal coat hangers and towels. T.J.K. said he was gagged and punched in the stomach several times before the men shaved an X into his hair and left the residence.

T.J.K. also said one of the assailants had recorded the incident on a cellphone.

Keil and Rohrer were stopped by an officer a short time later in the car described by T.J.K. The men acknowledged that T.J.K. owed them money for marijuana and said the victim consented to having his head shaved and asked to be bound.

The suspects gave permission to search the residence on Foster Lane, where officers said they recovered evidence including a razor and clumps of hair on the kitchen floor. The hair was near a chair and wire coat hangers and towels.

Several pipes and syringes were also found, court records state.

One of the suspects admitted to video recording the incident on a cellphone, court records state, but refused to give an officer permission to look at the phone. The phone was seized until a search warrant could be obtained.

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