Detroit man found guilty of kidnapping 2 Indianapolis teens in 2015

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John Thomas

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A Detroit man has been found guilty of kidnapping two Indianapolis teenagers from their home in 2015.

John Thomas faces 20 years to life in prison for the two counts of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to kidnap. His sentencing is set for Dec. 8.

Prosecutors say Thomas took the teens and held them for ransom when he couldn’t find their sister, who Thomas says stole $120,000, cocaine and pills from him.

The victims’ sister insisted Thomas’ claims were false in an interview in 2015.

“I didn’t take all the money they said I took and I did not take the drugs. I only took some of the money and I left a lot of it there,” she said.

After a 24-hour search, one of the teenage siblings was ultimately found tied up in the back of an SUV in Detroit. The 16-year-old’s fingers, prosecutors say, were cut dangerously deep from accomplices torturing him.

His sister was taken first to Kentucky. Then the 13-year-old was dropped all alone at a Taco Bell in Ohio and given money to take a cab back home to Indy.