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Man Kidnapped and Beaten Escapes Captors, Search for Suspects Underway

HUDSON (PASCO) – The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has released the following statement regarding an early morning kidnapping and beating.

A male victim, whose identity is protected for his safety, was lured to a location in Hudson under the false pretense that a female associate of his was in danger. Once the victim arrived at the location, several subjects to include Joshua Petty, 29, Anthony Batta, 26, and Joseph Alexander, 26, held the victim against his will and battered him with blunt objects, which caused serious injury to the victim’s face. They then bound the victim’s hands and placed tape over his mouth so he could not escape. A fourth subject, Brian Edelman, 30, assisted in holding the victim against his will. These subjects then kidnapped the victim and transported him to a secondary location in NPR where they continued to batter him and hold him against his will. The victim was able to escape and called law enforcement. Victim was treated for his injuries at a local hospital.

Using investigative practices and the assistance of the PSO combined agency SWAT Team, Joshua Petty was located and arrested for an aggravated battery and kidnapping warrant early this morning. The Pasco Sheriff’s Office continues to look for Batta and Alexander, who are wanted for aggravated battery, kidnapping, and conspiracy to kidnap charges. Edelman is wanted for conspiracy to kidnap.

Anyone who might know where these suspects are is asked to contact 911 immediately, or you can leave an anonymous tip at our Crime Tips Line at 1-800-706-2488, or by clicking on this link:

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  • Mike Jones where you been….there never has been ONE ALLEGED VICTIM NAMED OR FOR THAT MATTER A TIME A PLACE WHERE THESE ALLEGED CRIMES WERE SUPPOSEDLY TO HAVE TAKEN PLACE…….THESE ARE VERY IMPORTANT IN A CRIMINAL CASE AND THE REASON MORE TO THE POINT THAT NONE OF THAT EXISTS IS PLAINLY BECAUSE NONE OF IT EVER HAPPENED……ANOTHER LEMMING YOU ARE…..AGAIN IT IS ALL TURNING OUT TO BE LIES PROPEGATED BY THOSE THAT HAVE SOMETHING TO GAIN BY SLANDER AND DEFAMATION

    Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 11:06 pm
  • Yes this is an act by thugs for sure… But if your daughter was raped and beaten by the supposed “victim” … I doubt many of you would be too upset with seeing the “injuries” inflicted on the rapist P.O.S… You hang out with thugs and live the thug life, than you better be ready to deal with the laws of the street… If your child was molested and her attacker ended up winning at trial and getting off scotch free. You would probably want to hire one of these guys to do the dirty work and serve justice in a way you deem fit… But I do agree that prison is the best place for these guys…

    Saturday, 6 June 2015, 3:55 pm
  • Well no matter what category you call them end the end their just idiots…momma say stupit is what stupit does…we the people everywhere have faild ourselves so someone please tell me whadup with that

    Sunday, 31 May 2015, 10:28 am
  • and BTW,John Passerella is Correct on NAZI,,pos thug as well!!!

    Saturday, 30 May 2015, 9:56 am
  • Batta has always been trash,as well as hios brother eric batta,these two have a long history of crap,the batta here just got out of prison,,slaps on the wrists aint cutting it hernando!!

    Saturday, 30 May 2015, 9:53 am
  • Many of the pistols and handguns as well as the transformers blanket , the backpack in the pictures actually belonged to shane christopher newland as well as justin earl huckeby as well as a witness being able to put one of the guns in the picture in the hands of dora delgado two nights before they were murdered on Feb 9, 2015…….jon passerella…….. comment please

    Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 6:58 pm
  • Well i say when the truth does come to light and you find that lies and frauds of truth were used to slander and defam someone your apologies will be unable to change the lies you destroyed someones life with….

    Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 6:52 pm
  • Hey jon passerella, you pay for the lie detector test supervised by an F.B.I. accreddited and recomended Specialist. You pick specific questions as many as you like about Aliens to Atlanteans and you got it. Michael Gieseke…….put your own name and personal as well as professional reputation, if you have one, on the line and allow me TO PROVE YOU ABSOLUTLY WRONG. INCORRECT ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU ARE PUBLICLY SLANDERING AND DEFAMING ME , SIR……….OR SHUT YOUR MOUTH BECAUSE THEIR ARE TRUE CRIMES BEING COMMITTED AGAINST WOMEN WHO NEED TO BE BELIEVED. BY YOU PERPETRATING THAT A CRIME IS BEING COMMITTED AGAINST AN UNAMED AND NONEXISTENCE VICTIM YOU ARE TAKING AWAY THE VALIDITY AND INTEGRITY OF TRUE VICTIMS……TO WIT SIR YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM ,,,, .SHOW THE WORLD HOW LITTLE YOU TRULY KNOW AND THAT YOU SIR ARE, AN IDIOT….

    Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 6:43 pm
  • The apple does’nt fall far from the tree

    Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 12:31 am
  • Their parents did a wonderful job raising these fine young lads…

    Monday, 25 May 2015, 6:09 pm
  • These thugs are not.immigrants they are Americans….

    Monday, 25 May 2015, 7:16 am
  • I remember when Indy Basaldua gave Batta a ring. One around his eye. Then he cried.

    Thursday, 21 May 2015, 11:58 am
  • I went to school with batta and he was in a fight at least once a month. Not a shock hes where he is.

    Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 8:17 pm
  • I’m very happy the young man was able to get away. I hope they catch all involved.

    Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 8:00 pm
  • These kinds of bottom feeders aren’t a danger to anyone but themselves…let them kill each other off and thin the herd. This clearly sounds like a case of vigilante justice gone wrong. Senor Unidentified probably did something very, very bad to have pissed off this bunch.

    Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 3:43 pm
  • Everyone involved with this story should be put in a shallow grave.

    Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 1:07 pm
  • Truth be told the so called “victim” is a career criminal who in fact has tied up and beaten numerous people as well as tortured them for days. The man has a obsession with lying and being in the spotlight and creating stories to put him there. I would suggest giving him a lie detector test and you’ll find out that he was in a one on one fight and that he completely made up the other 3 men even being there. I sincerely hope that he gets prosecuted fully for the ridiculous hoax he’s getting by with in this county. Michael “Nazi” Giseke is your so called victim.

    Wednesday, 20 May 2015, 3:18 am
  • it was wrong but if dude did what was said thats wrong to but 2 wrongs dont make it right they should have to answer for there crimes all 5 of them if what was said is true i think we all should live and let live but if you want to get involved join the army or become a cop but you cannt do what you want or you become them a wanted criminal

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 10:38 pm
  • Karupt your a dumb ass. If he deserved it or not all these punks need to meet the firing line including you.

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 7:26 pm
  • I dont care what the story is…if you do fckn criminal acts you deserve whacha ya get…no one in this county is held accountable for their action and we the people pay for their shit…in other counties its an eye for an eye…not here you can live the rest of your life in prison and get feed good and congeckle visit and medical…and we the fools of the good usa pay for it…so get off your high horse and do something besides making dumb ass comments

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 5:10 pm
  • If u don’t know the hole story u should just keep ur mouth shut……. maybe he got what was coming to him…..

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 4:36 pm
    • And unless you know the whole story maybe you should learn the truth …because he had vengence coming to him as the people who did this to him were instrumental in the murders of his brother and his nephew in moon lake on feb 9, 2015

      Thursday, 18 May 2017, 4:09 am
  • Its just not florida its everywhere…the devil has pulled out his fittle and has rasseaned up his bow and playing all us like fools and till we the people realize we have let ourselves down not anyone else as a nation….nothing will ever change….people stand up band together as one and stop putting up with the and f the truth hurts fix it

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 3:35 pm
  • Omg mike u need a English class.

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 2:32 pm
  • Omg im moving back to S.side of Chiraq LOL you guys hold down Florida and I’ll fix Chicago. They got one he’ll snitch watch I see no gang tattoos of any kind there just tattoos. Get um lock dem bloodclots up.RASTAFARI Have a great day blessed

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 1:31 pm
  • wish I knew exactly where this took place because a few days ago I seen 3 guys with shaved heads walking down my road early morning!

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 11:28 am
  • Crime is out of control in the state of Florida

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 10:26 am
  • I give the law my blessing to shoot and remove these people from our community and i give my word i will not rout pilage nor will i burn down our townbecouse our law to out some punks that have a bright future in stupit criminal career in stupidly criminal future…god have mercy on us all…and the ones that condoning these acts should be shoot also

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 8:33 am
  • It was his brother that escaped. He’s in prison, I think he got 12 years. Anthony just got out of prison less Han five months ago. This town is the worst town I’ve ever lived in.

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 1:02 am
  • From what I was told the guy that got his ass beat was just payback for what he did a couple months ago but what no one knows is that he raped an beat a women so in my eyes justice was served but who am I to judge

    Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 12:13 am
    • Hey young lady it might startle you to know that the reason this happened to this man is because these same men helped murder three people in moon lake on feb 9, 2015 and two of the three were this mans blood relatives …..the accusations of rape against this man were not only fabrication and purely lies and he was proven innocent by and through DNA…..

      Thursday, 18 May 2017, 4:06 am
  • who are they going to fight with 6 shooters and the world’s first ever repeating raffles….INDIANS?

    Monday, 18 May 2015, 10:43 pm
    • Those 6 shooters will make you just as dead as an AK!

      Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 12:04 pm
  • They r just wanna be thugs. Can’t do nothing themselves always need more then one person to make them feel tough. The neck tats just show how much of a fake they really are.

    Monday, 18 May 2015, 8:51 pm
  • This crew is really BAD NEWS. As Travis stated properly Battas should be behind bars for life. The others have interesting rap sheets that are very long. These are the punks that are running the drugs up and down 19 in Pasco and Hernando. Let’s stop worrying about traffic stops and assign additional police power to RID the area of these abusive thugs.

    Monday, 18 May 2015, 8:42 pm
  • There’s people with wrong thinking and behavior everywhere.

    It’s the nature of the news media to bring you the horrific stuff. Then your thoughts take over and you think it’s on every street corner. It’s not. If this stuff bothers you to read about it, enough that you begin to hate where you live, wouldn’t it be best for you to turn the news off for awhile, and go hang out with your loving family and friends?

    Monday, 18 May 2015, 8:11 pm
  • I wish i never bought a home here i dont want my son to grow up in this disgusting county its just getting worse. Between the drugs and this shit i just cant see raising my baby here i want to move. I am seriously considering renting my house out ir selling it before he starts school . What is ? Wrong with people

    Monday, 18 May 2015, 6:49 pm
    • It’s truly a shame. I have lived here for 43 years,back when us 19 was a 2 lane road and it was an awesome place to live..It’s gotten too populated and I so agree we need more crack downs on these druggies and gangster holes.

      Tuesday, 19 May 2015, 11:33 am
  • Someone look up battas record. …..how is he even back on the streets.. .I remember he was involved in shooting at officers and I’m pretty sure he escaped from the hernando county jail at some point. ….through the fence above the basketball court. How is it even possible that this guy is not in prison?

    Monday, 18 May 2015, 6:36 pm
    • that was his brother Eric Batta that escaped,hes been down a few years but bout to get out,WATCH OUT HERNANDO COUNTY! ! He is a POS! !

      Saturday, 30 May 2015, 9:58 am
  • True, there’s many thugs walking around. I see these guys have what looks like gang / prison related tatts !!
    Get ready Americans even more dangerous people, drug lords, terrorist, thugs & criminals are being allowed ” illegally ” in to America daily by the hundreds of thousands, which is “against our Constitution” the courtesy of the Obama administration!!
    You CANNOT SHOOT PEOPLE just because they’re Thugs. You can only shoot if your life is in “imminent danger” & “you fear for your life”, otherwise you ( the shooter ) will spend many,many years or even life in prison.

    Monday, 18 May 2015, 6:19 pm
  • Good people better wake up. These kind of douche bags are everywhere in our county. At the first chance shoot them on sight.

    Monday, 18 May 2015, 4:47 pm
  • What a waste of human life

    Monday, 18 May 2015, 4:22 pm
  • THUGS!

    Monday, 18 May 2015, 4:14 pm

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