Student shot, sexually abused, slashed with glass and tortured for 40 HOURS in case of mistaken identity
As he sat in a bathtub red with his own blood, which was gushing from a gunshot wound in his leg and a ghastly cut on his head, kidnap victim Nicholas Kollias says he did not think he was going to survive.
But with his robust physique and extensive football training, the University of Rochester student was not going to go quietly.
'I'm not going to give up without a fight,' Kollias recalled thinking during his 40 hours of captivity two years ago.
'I'm not going to close my eyes. I was thinking about my family, parents and God. I didn't want to die and give in to these people.'
Kollias, now 23, is speaking out publicly for the first time about his abduction and dramatic rescue by a SWAT team in Rochester, New York, which made national headlines in December 2015.
Authorities have said Kollias and fellow senior Ani Okeke Ewo were lured to a bungalow in Rochester by a group of nine men and women in a case of mistaken identity related to a drug robbery.
Last November, a jury found Lydell Strickland, David Alcarez-Ubiles, Inalia Rolldan and Ruth Lora guilty of kidnapping and brutally torturing the two college seniors with knives, bats, pipes and a chainsaw.