Man charged with shocking teen with cables

WICHITA, Kansas – The man accused of shocking a teen with jumper cables has been charged.

On Tuesday, Robert McDowell was charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, and criminal threat.

He is being held in the Sedgwick County Jail on a $150,000 bond. McDowell is due back in court on Oct. 14.

Police say McDowell tied up a 15-year-old boy and shocked him by putting jumper cables connected to a battery on his ears.

Wichita police Lt. James Espinoza says the boy was walking early Sunday when he said someone placed a gun at his back. Espinoza says the suspect took the teen to a garage and then attached jumper cables to his ears and shocked him repeatedly while questioning him about a recent robbery. Police say the man’s wallet had been stolen and he believed the teen knew who was responsible.

The boy was released. He ran home and told his father what happened. He was taken to a hospital.

This picture shows a 15-year-old boy that was shocked by jumper cables. (Courtesy Photo)
This picture shows a 15-year-old boy that was shocked by jumper cables. (Courtesy Photo)

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