Monday night, a former University of Rochester football player, who was abducted and tortured in a case of mistaken identity, was featured in a one hour documentary chronicling how the Rochester Police Dept. (RPD) solved the case, and saved his life.
Nicholas Kollias, nicknamed "Niko", and a fellow player in December 2015 were lured into a potentially deadly scam by two women who brought them to a house in northeast Rochester. This became a hell hole for the players, who were beaten and tortured for 40 hours by drug dealers who mistakenly thought the two had taken their illegal drug stash.
The entire story was featured on Investigation Discovery's series "Evil Talks: Chilling Confessions" Monday night. Luckily the two players were found after exhaustive police work by Investigators Tom Cassidy, Mike Houlihan and Melissa Frasca of the RPD who got one of the women to confess to the location of the house where the horrific crimes went down.
The three hard working cops had the RPD SWAT team on call during the ordeal, and alerted them to the house on Harvest St. in Rochester, where the rescue was successful. Eventually, nine people were convicted of the disgraceful horror that these the two football players lived through. The leader of the plot, a dirtball named Lydell Strickland, laughed as he was given 155 years in prison.
The prosecutor on the case, Monroe County Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Matthew Schwartz told it like it was.
“Something particularly horrible like this,” Schwartz told the Chicago Tribune, “sometimes it’s worse than homicide. The torture that went on is almost indescribable.” Luckily, Schwartz, aided by DA Sandy Doorley and Senior ADA Christine Callanan, did their jobs, just like the cops who tracked down the monsters.
I am amazed at what a strong guy "Niko" is. He was shot, beaten, and left for dead over 3 days of terror, but today is moving on to a future in the financial world. If he could survive this, he will have no problem navigating the sharks who swim in finance.
Meet "Niko" here, and wish him the best after surviving something so horrific, it made hardened cops sick: