Two men are charged
with ‘duct tape’ beating
Express Staff Writer
young men were surprised during a scheduled visit to the Blaine County
probation officer Thursday by being placed under arrest for the mysterious
beating May 25 of a Ketchum man.
Edward "Ted" Tuma, 30, had been found walking outside his Sun
Chateau apartment on Warm Springs Road, bruised, bleeding and bound with
duct tape. He told police that two young men had attacked him with a small
club, but he had no idea who they were or why they beat him.
D. Redd, 21, a Hailey resident, and Daniel T. Johnson, 23, a Ketchum
resident, were arrested on felony charges of aggravated battery and
Police Chief Cal Nevland said investigators believe the two men were
looking for a large quantity of marijuana they believed to be in a Sun
Chateau apartment, but they had the wrong apartment. He said police were
initially tipped off to the two suspects by someone, not Tuma, who
informed them of that scenario.
said the Hailey Police Department was "of great assistance" in
pursuing the investigation.
Johnson were reported in custody in Blaine County Jail early this week
with their bonds set at $35,000.