Exec Says He's Being Held Hostage in His Own Factory

Charles Starnes says dozens of workers are demanding severance packages and have blocked the exits.
1:17 | 06/25/13

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civilians were killed. Now, we're hearing for the first time from an american business executive who says that he's been held hostage inside his own factory in china. He claims his workers are demanding higher pay and won't release him. And abc's rebecca jarvis has been following this very curious story overnight. Rebecca, good morning to you. Reporter: Bizarre, josh. Speaking through the bars of a window, charles starnes, the owner of a medical supply company, said he's being held prisoner in his own factory in china. He says dozens of workers are demanding severance packages like those given to workers previously layed off. And workers are even refusing to give him access to his medication I can't walk anywhere. If I walk anywhere, I'm surrounded by 15, 20 people. At nighttime, just out of control. Reporter: Starnes calls the whole thing a misunderstanding. He says workers think the whole thing is being moved to china, when just one division of the company is. Still, he says local officials just made him sign an agreement to pay the workers more. And right now, police are standing guard at the factory. So far, no comment from the u.S. Embassy. Bizarre, indeed. Thank you for that, rebecca.

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