In a horrendous crime, a 17-year-old Duluth boy told authorities that a 21-year-old Wrenshall man carved the word "snitch" into his chest with a sharp object.
The 21-year-old, Scott Lindgren, has been charged with kidnapping and assault.
According to the Carlton County Sheriffs Office, police were called to a home along county 18 in Wrenshall on Wednesday.
The report indicated a teenager was being held hostage, which investigators later found out, was a lot longer than just that day.
Officers say when they got to the home they found Lindgren trying to to leave the house with his girlfriend and the 17-year-old victim in the backseat of the car.
Police say the victim was in bad shape and in need of medical attention.
According to the criminal complaint, the teen had been tied to a chair, hit in the head with a .45 caliber pistol, and had the word "snitch" carved into his chest.
Investigators say this type of crime is rare to for them to see in this area.
"These types of crimes in this area are, thankfully, are pretty rare; but obviously as serious as they are, we're doing everything we can to investigate it. And again thankfully, we don't deal with this on a regular basis, but they happen," said Dan Danielson, the investigator.
Police have not said what led to the beating as the investigation is ongoing.
The criminal complaint says there were two accomplices who were also involved in the beating. It also says the teen had been at the house since Midnight on Sunday.
Police say the victim is alive, but his condition is unknown by authorities.
The 17-year-old suffered brain damage, had a large burn on the back of his neck, and the carving of the word "snitch" on his chest.
Bail has been set at $25,000 for Lindgren.
Authorities are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crime to contact the Carlton County Sheriff's office.