• 3 charged with keeping man tied up for 2 days, assaulting him

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    From left, Luz Correa, Welbert Lebron and Michael Solano. / Provided by Rochester Police Department

    Two men and a woman appeared in Rochester City Court this morning for a preliminary hearing on charges of kidnapping, robbing and assaulting a 22-year-old man.

    Rochester Police found the victim on Friday, tied hand and foot to bed posts in a bedroom at 118 Huntington Park, where the three suspects reside. The victim told police he had been there for two days.

    Welbert Lebron, 33, Michael Solano, 35, and Luz Correa, 37, each were charged Friday with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and second-degree assault, police said. They were arraigned in City Court on Saturday.

    The three also were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after 33 bags of heroin were found at the residence.

    The victim told police that he had gone to visit a friend in the Huntington Park neighborhood when he was hit on the head from behind. He woke up in the basement at 118 Huntington Park and was dragged upstairs, where he was bound and blindfolded.

    The victim, who said he does not know the trio, said he gave them his jewelry and cash after they hit him with hard objects and threatened to use a knife. He also told police that he was burned with a spatula and had a television thrown on his head, according to court documents. The man was treated at Rochester General Hospital for cuts, bruises and dehydration.

    The victim said the suspects demanded that they provide phone numbers of his friends, and they tried to get $5,000 in ransom, according to court documents.

    Police said someone called an officer to tell him the crime was occurring. Police forced their way into the house and arrested the trio without incident.

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