Trio charged with kidnapping actors

LOS ANGELES • He was stripped naked and confined in a bathtub for 30 hours without food.

But actor Joseph Capone was freed by police after Halloween: Resurrection (2002) actress Daisy McCrackin - who was also held captive by a trio - managed to escape.

The three people have now been charged with 17 counts, including kidnapping, assault with a firearm and grand theft.

Prosecutors said they went on May 3 to McCrackin's home, where one of them pistol-whipped Capone.

They placed black hoods over the actors' heads and drove them to another house.

There, the trio forced Capone to stay in a bathtub. Two of the accused took McCrackin's car and drove her to various banks, demanding at least US$10,000 (S$13,700) to free Capone.

Eventually, McCrackin was forced to write a cheque for that amount. She was taken back to her home on May 4, where she escaped and contacted police.

The video of the arrest of one of the accused, with hands up in front of police cars and officers with weapons drawn, has been viewed more than 3.2 million times on Twitter.

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