A 21-year-old Coeur d’Alene man told police he was attacked and kidnapped Saturday morning. The victim had witnessed an earlier crime and believes the attack on him was related.
Police have not released the man’s name because he is a witness in the criminal case and feels he may be in danger.
The man told Coeur d’Alene Police that he had just left work and was walking to his car at about 1:30 a.m. The victim said he was struck on the back of the head and then a man grabbed him by the neck and pushed him into the front seat of a car.
According to a police report, two other men were in the car. The first attacker threatened the victim and then pushed him out of the car while it was still moving.
The victim told police the car was going about 40 mph when he was dumped out onto Northwest Boulevard, just north of the Highway 95 overpass. He had scraped elbows and a bump on his head, according to the report.
The man did not report the incident to police until 10 hours after it happened, said Capt. Carl Bergh.
He told police that he was a witness to a property crime in another area and thought he had been attacked because of that, Bergh said.