St. Louis-area man pleads guilty to kidnapping

1 year 10 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, November 02 2016 Nov 2, 2016 Wednesday, November 02, 2016 5:50:02 PM CDT November 02, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An East St. Louis, Illinois, man faces sentencing Feb. 8 after pleading guilty to kidnapping.

The U.S. Attorney's office in St. Louis says 31-year-old Damarcus Boyd pleaded guilty Wednesday. A second suspect in the same crime, 26-year-old Ortega Mitchell, pleaded guilty in October and is awaiting sentencing. A third suspect, 31-year-old Darius Rose, is awaiting trial.

Federal prosecutors said the victim flew from San Diego to St. Louis in September 2015 in connection with a marijuana transaction and was taken to a home in Illinois, bound with duct tape, and held captive in a bedroom.

Prosecutors said Rose called the victim's father and demanded $100,000 and marijuana. The victim's family contacted police, and the FBI began an investigation.

The victim was freed in St. Louis on Sept. 30, 2015.

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