A Carlisle man is home safe after being kidnapped on Easter.
According to a report from the Lonoke County Sheriff’s office, around 6:25 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a female who related that her boyfriend had been taken from their residence at gun point. The caller said two male subjects came to their residence on North Walter Chapel Road near Carlisle produced hand guns and took her 57-year-old boyfriend and her boyfriend’s white Ford van. Deputies responded to the scene. Sheriff John Staley, Capt. Kevin McCoy and Lt. James Kulesa responded.
Initial investigation revealed the two white male subjects came to the residence and related they were looking for a dog. The subjects then produced handguns at which time the female 911 caller and a male friend were able to run out the back door into an adjacent field. The two male subjects then took the 57 year old boyfriend and his van.
A search of the area was initiated and an ACIC/NCIC message was dispatched. Troopers from the Arkansas State Police responded to assist, and the Arkansas State Police helicopter Air 4 was airlifted to assist in the search. The female caller related she did not know who the two male subjects were and believes her boyfriend did not know them.
Around 9:37 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office was notified the abducted male had been located by a White County Deputy on Bostic Road in White County. A male subject identified as Steven King, 52, from Searcy had also been detained by the White County Deputy. Initial investigation revealed the victim had been tied up and left in a vehicle. The victim was able to get out of the vehicle, at which time he ran to an adjacent residence and called for help. King was detained as he was attempting to locate the victim. The victim did receive injuries, however he did not require transport to a hospital. The van and the white Nissan truck used in the abduction were located and impounded.
King was arrested for the offenses of: kidnapping, aggravated residential burglary, aggravated assault, and felony terroristic threatening. King was taken to the Lonoke County Detention Facility. On Tuesday, King appeared in the Lonoke County Circuit Court and was given a $150,000 bond, which King posted. The reason for the kidnapping is still under investigation. Investigators are the process of identifying the other male subject involved.
“I appreciate all the assistance from the agencies involved in the search”, Sheriff John Staley said.
The name of the victim has not been released at this time.