published Friday, December 16th, 2011

Man escapes from kidnappers in local sporting goods store

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Several Bridgeport, Ala., sporting goods store employees didn't know what to do when a man barged inside Tuesday, jumped a counter and tried to grab a bow and arrow from a display case, yelling "Call 911!"

By the time Big Daddy's Outdoors owner Wilson "Boo" Loyd reached the front of his store, the shaking, terrified man was on the phone to police dispatchers.

When Loyd tried to kick him out of the store, the man panicked and begged not to be forced outside.

"He was scared to death," Lloyd said.

The 32-year-old man -- whom police have not identified for his protection -- had been kidnapped and held captive for about 24 hours before he convinced his captors to stop and let him use the bathroom, authorities said.

Rocky Harnen, chief deputy in the Jackson County, Ala., Sheriff's Office, said the kidnappers let the man out at Big Daddy's on U.S. Highway 72 near the Tennessee state line. They told him not to talk to anyone, but didn't follow him inside, Harnen said.

Once in the store, the victim caused a scene and spooked his captors, Harnen said.

"They decided to leave since he started such a ruckus," he said.

Marion County, Tenn., authorities captured Jose Jesus Loeza-Gonzalez, 33; Juan Francisco Jaurez-Silva, 38; and Jose Salgado-Arellano, 38, just across the state line, Harnen said. After the men were arrested, they agreed to return to Bridgeport for questioning, he said.

All three men are from the Atlanta area. They are charged with first-degree kidnapping, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a hold on them, and they likely will be deported, Harnen said.

Authorities believe the kidnapped man first was held at gunpoint on Monday while he was at an Atlanta restaurant. He then was held in an apartment until he was driven to Alabama, according to authorities.

Police believe the three men were forcing the victim to lead them to someone else, but authorities haven't been able to identify another person, Harnen said.

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rolando said...

"They are charged with first-degree kidnapping, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a hold on them, and they likely will be deported..."

Left unsaid, "...only to re-cross the US border, recapture their victim, and escalate their crime to first degree murder, after which they were again deported [via a shabby bus, this time, instead of first class air]. Pro-illegal groups protested this final act of retribution by the feds."


December 16, 2011 at 4:58 a.m.
larwilb60 said...

ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL!!!! They committed a crime! DO THE TIME! Then DEPORT them with the understanding that if they return they will be incarcerated for LONG time! We need to keep America AMERICAN!

December 16, 2011 at 6:29 a.m.
larwilb60 said...

Isnt kidnapping across state lines a FEDERAL OFFENSE?

December 16, 2011 at 6:55 a.m.
jesse said...

putum up against the wall,say a "hail mary" and send them on their way! this country is turning into "DODGE CITY" of the 1870's!


AND it isn't just the illegals,it's the entire "gang banger,drug runnin,armed robbery gonna git mine however mind set!

December 16, 2011 at 7:32 a.m.
Bumpkin said...


What does "BUIS" mean?

December 16, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.
adolphochs said...

Let's tattoo their foreheads before deporting them so we can identify repeat offenders - seriously!

December 16, 2011 at 8:35 a.m.
RetiredMarshal said...

Nad they wonder why gun sales are up 32%.heres a good reason.

@adolphochs: thats the best Idea Ive heard yet.Great Idea.

December 16, 2011 at 9 a.m.
jesse said...

hey bumkin!(that is the best descriptive moniker i ever heard!)

buis. is business,like in "takin care of business!!"

just as soon as you get a fix on content instead worrin about how folks express themselves you may come up w/a life!!(but prob/not!no cure for low i.q.!

December 16, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.
sla2010 said...

buis. is business,like in "takin care of business!!"

--- who makes up this kinda of slang?? wow.

December 16, 2011 at 9:24 a.m.
Bumpkin said...


My screen name is a play on idiots like you.

I figured that is what you meant by "buis." I realize that you are nearly completely illiterate so you only spell with the way it sounds in your head.

Also, there is no content in your posts. Only ignorant, incoherent and moronic ramblings.

December 16, 2011 at 9:26 a.m.
RetiredMarshal said...

@bumpkin:Its hard to educate people that know everything and we wont mention names ok.when people have to start call other people names dont drop to there level ya hear.

December 16, 2011 at 10:20 a.m.
jesse said...

actualy sla 2010 i think it was a group called "grand funk railroad"back about 1970 or so!LOL!

don't worry about it BUMPKIN, it sounds self discriptive to me BUT i'm just a ole boy goin down the road doin the best i can and havin a good time at it!!(you take your self WAY too serious!!)

December 16, 2011 at 10:23 a.m.
thedeltajew said...

Rolando i thought you were anti-authoritive?heck with the cops?so why are you worried about what happens to these guys?if you worried more about domestic terrorist like gangs in the hood it would be nice.

December 16, 2011 at 10:43 a.m.
rolando said...

I am extremely pro-LEO, deltajew. Those guys clink when they walk down the street. I have followed enough of them. I fully believe in the rule of law, equitably and justifiably applied.

But when the public and the media do these kinds of things to our policemen...picking them out of the crowd and making molehills of their problems while the attackers are surrounded by mountains of will get the results we are seeing -- the desirability of becoming a cop drops, 'cause who needs that kind of BS? The range of qualified candidates narrows.

I fully understand the idea of "Avoid not just wrongdoing, but the appearance of wrongdoing" and the idea of holding policemen to a higher standard, but there are limits. Underage sexual activity, pregnancy, and abortion abound in this city...75% in some cases. Again, why single out this one cop when literally hundreds of boys/men go unpunished?

December 16, 2011 at 2:09 p.m.
rolando said...

The kidnapping charge was under a state law, deltajew. ICE is a federal agency and their intent to deport takes precedence.

In essence, the state tries to uphold its law and is slapped down by the feds...who do nothing of significance.

Pity the guy didn't get the bow and arrows and killed the lot of them...except then the feds would no doubt arrest him for killing foreign citizens, or some such idiocy.

December 16, 2011 at 2:37 p.m.
rolando said...

Disregard my 2:09 post. It was misdirected here.

December 16, 2011 at 2:38 p.m.
Daf said...

They don't use to cross the border and risk to that point just to kidnap any fool who was wandering around. Maybe it has to do with money, drugs or any illegal issues. Police should verify who that victim is and why would his kidnappers bother that much to held him captive.

December 16, 2011 at 6:08 p.m.
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