UK students charged with kidnapping and robbery

Ethan Hatfield

News Staff

Two UK students have been charged with kidnapping, robbery and assault, according to an official press release from Lexington Police Department Public Information Officer Brenna Angel.

Zachary Costin, 21, and Ethan Hatfield, 20, are being charged with kidnapping their 22-year-old male acquaintance and holding him at a house on McAtee Lane for two hours Tuesday night. The victim said the two men beat, threatened and stole from him.

The two men were arrested Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday afternoon, a third man, John Cooper, 36, was also arrested in relation to the case with charges of kidnapping and robbery.

“The investigation stems from an apparent drug-related dispute,” the press release said.

Costin is currently a UK student, but Hatfield was taking a semester off because of a broken leg.

According to WTVQ, both are on house arrest, but Costin can reportedly still attend classes. Both will stay at their homes near Louisville.

Costin and Hatfield pled not guilty in court Thursday. Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 24.