Fayette man beaten, kidnapped

Published 12:05am Saturday, February 16, 2013

FAYETTE — A Fayette man was beaten, kidnapped and transported out of state after being robbed earlier this week.

The FBI has made two arrests in the matter.

According to FBI spokesperson Deborah Madden, two men broke into the Fayette residence of a retired university professor Tuesday, allegedly assaulting and robbing him before driving the victim in his vehicle to Louisiana.

The victim was later apparently transported back into Mississippi, where his kidnappers released him at approximately 4 a.m. Wednesday in Pascagoula.

Two suspects, Arveanious “A.V.” Smith, 31, and Travis Jerome Washington, 18, both of Pascagoula, were arrested Thursday on federal kidnapping charges after a joint investigation by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Pascagoula Police Department.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the matter.

The suspects had initial court appearances before Magistrate Judge John Roper in U.S. District Court in Gulfport Friday. The two men are to appear before the court again at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday for a detention and preliminary hearing.

If convicted, Smith and Washington could face a maximum penalty of life in prison.

Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Walker could not be reached for comment Friday.

  • Anonymous

    Interesting, these two could get more time (life in prison) for letting this guy go, than they would get if they had just killed him in his home during a burglary… Not that polite society will really miss Arveanious and Jerome all that much. A.V. had the cards stacked against him when his mama named him.

  • Anonymous

    Like sands through the hourglass, so go the days of our lives from Fayette to Ferriday.

  • Anonymous

    True and sad regarding the name part. Tried pronoucing it several times then just gave up!!!