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story.lead_photo.caption Zion Releford. Photo by Sebastian County Sheriff's Office.

A 19-year-old is accused of kidnapping a man and a woman in the parking lot of a western Arkansas store and sexually assaulting the woman at gunpoint, authorities said.

Zion Sincere Releford of Fort Smith is charged in Sebastian County with two counts of kidnapping and aggravated assault, as well as one count of sexual assault. All five charges are felonies, with the kidnapping charges carrying a 40-year maximum.

Authorities said Releford kidnapped the two people from the Fort Smith 10 Box parking lot before sexually assaulting the woman. Police arrested Releford on Saturday, according to a statement.

Releford remained in the Sebastian County jail Monday, according to an inmate roster.

Court records show Releford was charged in 2018 with making terroristic threats and criminal mischief. Both felony cases remain open in Sebastian County.

Court records didn't list an attorney for Releford.

Releford is due in court Feb. 13.


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  • MaxCady
    February 11, 2019 at 7:33 p.m.

    They always say in a setting like that to never get in the car. They won't shoot in a parking lot because they don't want to get caught. Once you're under their control it's over.

  • HM2
    February 11, 2019 at 9:50 p.m.

    This is a prime example why certain people need to be neutered at birth.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    February 12, 2019 at midnight

    you mean black people Hm2?

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    February 12, 2019 at 9:23 a.m.

    I'm just going to assume HEr majesty the democrat means black people should be neutered at birth.
    probably heeespaneeeks too.
    kill the evil male!
    kill the evil jew!
    kill the evil negro!
    kill the evil white mutt!
    Thank you Hm2
    so well spoken, much thoughtfulness.