JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (TCD) -- Two men were arrested for reportedly kidnapping and beating a 50-year-old victim on Christmas Eve.
According to a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 1 a.m., 40-year-old Preston Lynn Houston and 42-year-old Christopher Wayne Stevens kidnapped a man at gunpoint from a residence on Bayou Cumbest Road in Moss Point. The two allegedly threw him in the trunk of a Jeep Liberty before driving to another home in the same town. The Sheriff’s Office says the victim was beaten and thrown into a second car trunk.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the victim was able to escape at a red light in East Pascagoula by pulling the trunk release. He reportedly fled on foot into the woods and went to a house asking for help.
Houston and Stevens were arrested and charged with kidnapping. They are being held on $100,000 bond each. According to the Sheriff’s Office, because of a felony bond posted from Dec. 23 in Pike County, Houston won’t be able to bond out.
Their motive is unknown, and the investigation remains ongoing.