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Sheriff's office: 2 Arkansans arrested on kidnapping charges after woman held captive for 3 days

By Rachel Herzog

This article was originally published February 14, 2018 at 5:51 p.m. Updated February 15, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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From left, Leonel Cruz and Victor Maurice Fleming

Authorities have arrested two Arkansans on kidnapping charges after a woman's report that she was held captive for three days.

On Feb. 7, the victim told deputies that she had been kept at a home in Harrisburg by two men identified as Leonel Nene Cruz, 41, and Victor Maurice Fleming, 38, according to a news release from the Poinsett County sheriff's office.

The victim said Cruz used physical force, threatened to kill her and used her 1-year-old daughter as collateral to make sure she didn't leave.

Deputies executed a warrant at the home in the 7400 block of Tate Lane on Friday afternoon, the release states. Liquid morphine, liquid midazolam and various paraphernalia used to ingest methamphetamine was found in a search of the residence.

The investigation revealed that another victim had been held in a related kidnapping, the sheriff's office said. The two victims reportedly escaped under different circumstances.

Cruz was arrested Friday, according to the sheriff's office. Fleming was later named as a suspect and surrendered to authorities Tuesday afternoon, the agency said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Cruz was being held at the Poinsett County jail on charges of kidnapping, first-degree terroristic threatening, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He also has warrants out of Pottawatomie County in Kansas on charges of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, domestic battery, criminal threatening and endangering the welfare of a minor, according to the release.

Fleming was charged with kidnapping and three counts of terroristic threatening and had been released from the Poinsett County jail as of Wednesday afternoon, records show.

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