DAVIESS COUNTY, Mo. — Two suspects have been arraigned on allegations that they abducted a person in Daviess County.

Connor I. Monteer, 20, of Jamesport and Caleb J. Kettner, 20, of Belton, each entered a plea of not guilty and were appointed a public defender at their hearing Wednesday morning.

Court documents claim the pair committed assault in the first degree and are additionally charged with second degree kidnapping after they forced their victim into the back of a van.

The victim was beaten unconscious and later abandoned in a roadside ditch.

A setting preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 18. Both remain behind bars at the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail.