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Suspect arrested in man's kidnapping in Lonoke County

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published April 2, 2013 at 12:57 p.m.


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One man has been arrested and authorities are working to locate a second in the kidnapping of a 57-year-old man in Lonoke County on Sunday night.

Lonoke County sheriff's office Lt. Jim Kulesa said in a statement that the incident started shortly before 6:30 p.m. when the two kidnappers went to a residence on North Walter Chapel Road in Carlisle and initially said they were looking for a dog.

The kidnappers, both men, reportedly later pulled a gun, at which point a woman in the house and her friend fled. The two men with the gun then took the woman's boyfriend at gunpoint in his van.

Police searched the area by foot and with a helicopter. The boyfriend was found about three hours later on Bostic Road in White County.

"Initial investigation revealed the victim had been tied up and left in a vehicle," Kulesa wrote. "The victim was able to get out of the vehicle, at which time he ran to an adjacent residence and called for help."

The man was injured, but not to the extent that he required hospital care, authorities said.

A suspect, identified as 52-year-old Steven King of Searcy, was arrested when he was found out looking for the kidnapped man, police said. He faces charges of kidnapping, aggravated residential burglary, aggravated assault and terroristic threatening.

Police say the motive for the kidnapping isn't known and it appears the kidnappers didn't know the victims. Investigators are still trying to identify the second man involved, Kulesa wrote.

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