3 Lancaster Residents Charged With Holding Disabled Man Against His Will


UPDATED: Friday January 17, 2014 3:37 PM

Lancaster police took three people into custody Wednesday after a well-being check on a developmentally disabled individual.

According to police, officers went to an address on Carpenter Street to check on the man after a concerned call from out-of-state family members.

Investigators say the alleged victim was being mistreated and assaulted by his brother, his brother's girlfriend, and a family acquaintance. They said he had large bruises on both sides of his face.

The alleged victim told police he only ate once a day, was forced to run on railroad tracks carrying a heavy tire, and had been struck repeatedly.

He told police the others were trying to "teach him to respect others and property."

Police are charging the alleged victim's brother, Lawrence Featheroff, with abduction, domestic violence and complicity to commit felonious assault. Featheroff's girlfriend, Jamie Smith, has been charged with complicity to commit felonious assault and abduction. Another person, Brent Disbennet, also faces a felonious assault charge.

Featheroff, Smith, and Disbennet denied the charges. They said the person in their care fell while playing with dogs and repeatedly hit himself in the face.

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