Man faces life in prison for kidnapping
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 26, 2001
Wednesday, September 26, 2001
The Natchez Democrat
An arrest has been made in the Monday kidnapping of a 28-year-old
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Natchez woman who was recovered unharmed Monday night, Natchez
Police Chief Willie Huff confirmed Tuesday.
Lionell K. Martin, 29, of 1327 Mayes St. in Jackson, Miss.,
was arrested by authorities Monday night on a charge of kidnapping.
If convicted, he could receive a sentence of 30 years to life
in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
He was being held without bond at the Jefferson County Correctional
Facility Tuesday but was expected to be transferred to the Natchez
City Jail late Tuesday afternoon.
The arrest was made at about 9:30 p.m. Monday by Fayette police
and deputies of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office near a convenience
store near Fayette, Miss., Huff said.
At about 12:45 a.m. Monday, employees of a Natchez nightclub
called police to report that the 28-year-old female had not reported
to work at the club that night.
Huff would not name the victim or the nightclub because the
case is still under investigation by Natchez police and the Federal
Bureau of Investigation.
While police were at the club investigating the matter, a man
called the club &uot;and told her boyfriend that he had (the
&uot;From then until 9:30 p.m. there was a series of calls
in which (the boyfriend) got a series of instructions on what
to do to insure her safety,&uot;&160;Huff said. He would not
elaborate on the instructions or say whether a ransom was involved.
The FBI, Natchez and Fayette police, Jefferson and Adams County
sheriff’s deputies, and the Mississippi Highway Patrol investigated
The woman’s boyfriend arrived at 9:30 p.m. at a convenience
store north of Fayette – and Fayette police and Jefferson
County deputies arrived as well.
&uot;When they heard (officers) yell ‘police,’ several subjects
fled&uot; into a nearby wooded area and officers were able to
safely recover the victim from a vehicle at the scene and arrest
Martin, said Huff.
Huff said Martin &uot;was armed with a .45-caliber semiautomatic
pistol and a can of mace, … so I’m just glad we were able to
get her back safe.&uot;
He described Martin as &uot;an active participant&uot;&160;in
the alleged kidnapping but would not elaborate on his alleged
The investigation has not yet determined why the woman was
targeted, Huff said.
&uot;We have several other suspects that we’re investigating
at this time,&uot;&160;he said.
Huff said he did not know as of Tuesday the location where
the woman was kidnapped, although it was noted that she opened
the nightclub at 9:15 a.m. Monday but was not there as of 10 a.m.
Her vehicle, a Mazda, was found behind a bus barn on Lynda
Lee Drive, Huff said.