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ESPN takes haunting look at UR students' abduction, torture

A case of mistaken identify turned into 40 hours of terror for two former University of Rochester students, who were abducted and held against their will in 2015 inside this Harvest Street home.

A case of mistaken identify turned into 40 hours of terror for two former University of Rochester students, who were abducted and held against their will in 2015.

For the first time, we're getting a look at those moments in a new ESPN Outside the Lines report for E:60.

The 60-second trailer is haunting, yet riveting.

It begins with Niko Kollias running.

"Running today is just really not the same as it used to be," you hear Kollias saying in a voice-over. "Everything from my knee up to my hip is pain all the time. Just taking it day by day and trying to get back to where I used to be."

For Kollias, it's a story of healing - and survival.

Kollias and his football teammate were abducted and held for almost two days at a home on Harvest Street in Rochester, before being rescued by Rocheser Police and SWAT.

ESPN's report shows some of the torture captured by cell phone video.

It also shares interviews from those close to the case, including Chief Michael Ciminelli.

"They said 'we don't want money, we want blood,'" said Ciminelli, in the trailer.

While being held captive, Kollias was shot in the leg.

He testified during the trial, describing hours of sexual assault and torture.

All of this: the result of mistaken identity.

The suspects were actually targeting someone else while seeking revenge for a drug dealer who had been robbed.

All nine arrested were convicted, serving sentences ranging from seven years to 155 years in prison.

ESPN's report focuses on Kollias. His teammate didn't speak with the sports leader.

You can see see the full story on E:60 Sunday on ESPN at 9 am.

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