Three people from Sanford accused of beating a man and attempting to extort an undisclosed sum of money from him have been indicted by a York County grand jury.

Shantel Rodriguez, 25, Dylan Austin, 26, and Cody Boudreau, 22, are alleged to have lured Justin Richardson to an Emery Street apartment Jan. 11 and held him for several hours and forced him to make phone calls looking for cash.

Boudreau and Austin are both charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault, criminal threatening with a weapon, terrorizing and theft less than $500.

Rodriguez is charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault, two counts of assault, criminal threatening with a weapon, terrorizing and theft of less than $500.

The plot to extract the money from Richardson surfaced when Richardson’s mother called 911 in Sanford to report that her son was apparently being held against his will and that his captors were demanding money.

Police received at least two other calls from people on Emery Street who reported there was an injured man on the block.

When officers arrived, they found Richardson had a stab wound to his chest, and he was rushed to Maine Medical Center where he underwent emergency heart surgery.

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