Michael Castle, 48, and Gary Castle, 40.
KINGSPORT — Two Kingsport brothers are charged with kidnapping their 75-year-old uncle at gunpoint, hitting him in the head with a revolver and threatening to kill him.
One of the suspects was reportedly motivated by a theft in which he was the victim, accusing his uncle of helping orchestrate the alleged crime.
Michael Castle, 48, of 945 New Beason Well Road, and Gary Castle, 40, of 146 New Beason Well Road, Apt. 2, are charged with aggravated domestic assault and aggravated kidnapping. An incident report filed at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office says the victim called police to his Bancroft Chapel Road home at approximately 2 a.m. Tuesday.
The man told officers that at 9 p.m. Monday he answered a knock at his door, finding his nephew Michael Castle. Castle reportedly pulled a revolver and stuck it to the victim's chest, then shoved the elderly man onto a couch inside the residence.
Michael Castle allegedly made statements of wanting to kill his uncle "all his life." The victim told police that he "begged" his nephew to stop — as he was experiencing severe chest pains — but Michael Castle said he'd "blow his brains out and let the rescue squad find his body."
According to an affidavit filed against Castle, he was angry at the victim for visiting his place of employment. Castle reportedly believed his uncle was checking to see if he was working "so somebody could break into his house."
Michael Castle allegedly grabbed the victim by the arm and forced him outside at gunpoint. He hit his uncle twice in the head with the revolver, according to an incident report, with police later observing a knot on the victim's head.
Police say that outside the victim's home was an SUV occupied by Michael's brother, Gary Castle. The pair then transported their uncle to another family member's home on Packing House Road.
Michael Castle reportedly walked his uncle to the door, still keeping him at gunpoint. Their knocks were answered by the resident, who had his own gun in hand, but put it down when Michael threatened to shoot his uncle.
After Michael allegedly told his uncle that he "hasn't decided" whether or not to kill him — adding that he may just "kill the entire family" — he left the residence with his brother Gary. The victim told police that he waited before alerting them to the incident, as Michael had threatened to "kill them all" if the call was made.
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office detectives were called to investigate the incident, filing aggravated assault and kidnapping charges against both Michael Castle and Gary Castle. They were located and arrested Tuesday morning.
Michael Castle was released Tuesday night after posting $10,000 bond, while Gary Castle was released after posting $7,500 bond.
SCSO public information officer Leslie Earhart said an investigation into the incident is continuing.