Update: Both victims are white. Police now say the victims were sexually tortured.
The two victims, both 24, were walking to an apartment in the Hickory Trace complex between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. when they were approached by two dark skinned young black men who spoke with distinctive African accents. The victims said they could not understand what the two were saying. One of the suspects struck one of the victims, causing his friend to throw a cup of coffee into the suspect’s face. The victims said two more suspects appeared and started beating them. One of suspects then pulled a large knife and forced the victims into a small, dark, older model four-door car.
The victims were driven to ATM machines in the immediate Hickory Hollow area where they were forced to give the suspects their PIN numbers and money was withdrawn. While the victims were in the car, the suspects continuously beat and stabbed them. Shortly after 5 a.m., the suspects forced the victims to remove their clothing and ordered them out of the vehicle on a remote section of Franklin Limestone Road. After the suspects drove away, the victims walked to a home on Billingsgate Drive from where police and an ambulance were called.
The two victims were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. One was admitted with critical injuries. The other was treated and released.