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story.lead_photo.caption Sheena Renee Bland, 41, of Hot Springs - Photo by Garland County sheriff's office

HOT SPRINGS -- The mother of one of two suspects accused of kidnapping a 19-year-old woman last year was arrested Wednesday after posts turned up on Facebook regarding the victim and a friend of the victim, according to court documents.

Sheena Renee Bland, 41, of Hot Springs was charged with two felony counts of intimidating a witness and was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear. She was released on $6,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Oct. 23 in Garland County District Court.

Bland's son, 21-year-old Marcus Tre Bland III, and Djuan Larell Goodman, 22, were arrested Dec. 4 on felony charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and second-degree battery and misdemeanor theft of property in the Nov. 8 kidnapping and assault of a Hot Springs woman.

Both men surrendered to Hot Springs police after learning of the warrants for their arrest and have remained in custody since then. Marcus Bland, who is being held in lieu of $500,000 bond, is to stand trial Oct. 22 and Goodman, whose bail is $750,000, is to stand trial Feb. 6.

On Aug. 21, prosecutors added an additional kidnapping charge against Marcus Bland, saying that he also held a friend of the victim against her will that same night.

Sheena Bland posted two "screenshot" photos of the victim and her friend to her Facebook profile shortly after noon Sept. 4 and in the caption made reference to the charges against her son, including the additional kidnapping charge, according to a probable-cause affidavit for Sheena Bland.

The caption also stated, "All you guys who have rejected these girls better move out of Hot Springs cuz 1 of you will be picked up soon." She indicated she would post more about the case and accused the victim and her friend of "prostitution and drug buys" and implied the accuser was "mentally incompetent," the affidavit said.

The affidavit said the profile Sheena Bland used to post the photos was named "Sheena Re'ena Bland" and that the post "intentionally threatens or attempts to harm (the victim's) and (her friend's) reputation as victims in an upcoming jury trial." A warrant for Sheena Bland was issued Sept. 5.

According to the affidavit on Marcus Bland and Goodman, police arrived just before 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the 3000 block of Central Avenue in response to a woman exiting a gold BMW with blood and tape on her face, hands and feet.

The woman later stated a friend had driven her to an unknown address in a gold BMW earlier that day and that the friend had gone inside the residence. She said Goodman, who she knew, emerged from the house and forced her out of the car at gunpoint and attacked her, the affidavit said.

At some point, she said Marcus Bland, who she also knew, came out and helped Goodman force her and her friend back into the car where they bound her arms, legs and mouth with tape, according to the affidavit. They later released the victim's friend, and after being attacked further and threatened, the victim eventually escaped from the vehicle and got help.

State Desk on 10/12/2018

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