10.8.17

Firefighter accused of kidnapping, beating wife's boyfriend

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A Phoenix firefighter has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and assaulting a man who his wife had been seeing, according to Maricopa County Superior Court records.

David Johnathan Lee, 32, was arrested after he was suspected of using his wife's cellphone to lure the man into his home and then handcuffing and beating him in the garage of his north Phoenix home in the early-morning hours of Aug. 1, according to a Phoenix police probable-cause statement filed with the court.

Lee's wife admitted the day before that she had been seeing another man, court records said. The night of the alleged attack, she texted the man and told him to "stay away please," court records said.



However, Lee used her phone and texted the man "come to the front door and don't say anything at all" at about 12:50 a.m., court records said.

Once at the house, he was brought to the garage, where Lee, who was armed with a handgun and knife, forced the man to handcuff himself to a chair while Lee's wife was forced to stay and watch, court records said.

Police, in the court records, allege Lee slapped the man's ears, gagged him with a pair of panties, kicked him in the groin and caused him to bleed when a knife was held to his ear.

The court records also said Lee kicked the man in the groin to the point the man thought he would lose consciousness, according to a statement he gave police. He also was choked and Lee pressed his thumb against an artery on his neck and periodically pointed a gun against his head and a knife to his crotch, the court records said.

Eventually, Lee led the other man outside the house to his car and took a picture of the man's license plate before he was allowed to leave, court records said.

Police said the man told his mother about the incident and she called police, court records said, adding that the man feared Lee could harm his family.

A search warrant was issued to the Lee residence at about noon that day, where Lee was arrested for aggravated assault, police said.

Lee faces charges of aggravated assault with victim bound, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, and kidnapping.

The Phoenix Fire Department confirmed that Lee is a firefighter with the agency, but declined further comment.

Bond was set at $25,000.

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