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Pair kidnapped, beat N.C. man in Chester County, police say

CHESTER -- A North Carolina teen was in stable condition at a Chester hospital Saturday after police say two people kidnapped and beat him with a baseball bat.

Charles Gregory Yeldell, 35, of 1109 Skyview Road in Charlotte and a 16-year-old girl of Kannapolis, N.C., each face a charge of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, said Chester County Sheriff Robby Benson.

Officials have not released the girl's name because she is a juvenile.

The pair also face first-degree kidnapping charges in Concord, N.C., said Officer Robert Danner of the Concord Police Department. However, no charges had been filed Saturday night, he said.

Police have not released the name of the 17-year-old victim, who lives in Kannapolis. He was kidnapped late Friday or early Saturday from an undetermined area in Concord, Danner said.

According to police, the 16-year-old girl talked the victim into going to a party. Later, the girl's uncle held him at gunpoint, police said. The teen, stripped of his clothing, was cut and beaten, police said.

Then, Yeldell and the girl left on foot to get some gas for their car, Benson said.

The victim found a cell phone and called 911. He was found around 5 a.m. Saturday off Old Richburg Road near Exit 62 in Chester County, Benson said.

The State Law Enforcement Division and the York County Sheriff's Office assisted in locating Yeldell and the 16-year-old girl.

Around 9 a.m., police found the pair as they emerged from the woods. They had discarded some of their clothing, police said.

Yeldell's bond had not been set Saturday night. The teen remained in custody Saturday night in Columbia at the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Danner declined to comment on a motive, citing an ongoing investigation.

Benson said the FBI is expected to investigate the incident Monday.

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