Two University of Rochester students were under the impression that they were showing up to a house party. They ended up being abducted and tortured for 40 horrible hours.
Nicholas Kollias and Ani Okeke Ewo, a friend and fellow football player were high school seniors at the time of the incident. In December 2015, they were lured to a home upstate, sexually assaulted, beaten and shot on Saturday morning.
Kollias, now 23-years-old, says he didn’t believed he’s make it until that Monday. For the first time since the ordeal, he spoke about it at length with Chicago Tribune.
He told the Tribune that he leg still has a rod in it. There’s also still a bullet in his calf.
During the ordeal, Nicholas Kollias spent hours on an inflatable mattress in a room and on a bathroom floor. He was held hostage for about 40 hours, until a SWAT team found the two football players, and rescued them.
Among methods of torture, which went along with the theft of his bank cards and car, were threats to chop off his toes, and being doused with lighter fluid.
Kollias spent 25 days in the hospital, and had lost four pints of blood, roughly 40% in the average human body, according to the Tribune.
Nine people have been convicted of crimes in the weekend imprisonment of Kollias, including five who pleaded guilty to kidnapping and four who were sentenced last year.
Lydell Strickland, 26, was given 155 years in prison in December for planning the attack as well as charges including robbery, assault and sex abuse.
The University of Rochester said last year that the abductions may have stemmed from mistaken identity.
Sources told the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle that the attackers may have been trying to retaliate against a friend of Kollias’s friend who had allegedly lured drug dealers to an apartment and robbed them.
Kollias, who has since graduated and moved back to the Chicago area, has also filed a $10 million suit against those convicted of attacking him, he told the Tribune.