Couple charged with kidnapping

Published 12:28 am Tuesday, June 6, 2017


FERRIDAY — A Ferriday man and woman were arrested Monday after allegedly holding a woman against her will and whipping the victim at a Delaware Avenue residence.

Ferriday police responded to a call from the victim’s mother at approximately 1 a.m. who told police that her daughter was being held against her will, investigator Richard Madison said.

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Madison said when officers arrived at the residence, they encountered Michael Owens, 38, 901 Delaware Ave., who allegedly admitted to the victim being inside.

Inside, officers located the victim, who Madison said had sustained bruising to her arms and legs, consistent with being whipped with an object. Madison said officers are still investigating to learn with what item the victim was whipped.

Madison said he recommended the victim seek medical treatment, but the victim declined.

During a search of the residence, officers found a .40-caliber pistol and a set of body armor, Madison said.

Owens was charged with aggravated kidnapping, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of body armor, aggravated battery and resisting an officer.

Madison said Owens reportedly refused to adhere to an officer’s orders.

Cookie Proby, 38, also of 901 Delaware Ave., was charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery and unlawful possession of body armor.

Madison said the suspects could face additional charges.

Owens and Proby were in the Concordia Parish Jail Monday with no bond set.

Anyone with information is asked to call Ferriday police at 318-757-3606.