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Cherokee Co. charges 3 in kidnapping case

CHEROKEE CO., July 26, 2013--On Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at approximately 1:00 a.m., Cherokee County Deputies responded to a call regarding a disturbance in the 4000 Block of US Highway 175, west of Jacksonville. Descriptions of three suspects were given to officers.

Upon their arrival in the area, Deputies observed three white males walking down Hwy-175 that matched the description of the suspects. Deputies detained the suspects and brought them back to the residence of the original caller.

Through the investigation, it was learned that a male victim (name currently withheld) was approached by the three suspects while he was sitting in his vehicle at a residence on Washington Street, in Jacksonville.

The suspects demanded the victim repay money that he owed them.  When the victim told them he did not have the money, the suspects forced him to remove his clothing except his boxer shorts, and then placed him back in his own vehicle, and then drove him to his parent’s house in an attempt to get the money from them.

The victim was not injured, but was repeatedly threatened during the ordeal.

The three suspects, identified as Steven Dale Davis, age 20, of Gallatin; Dylan Kyle Masters, age 19, of Troup; and Eric James Mays, age 23, of Jacksonville, were transported to Cherokee County Jail and each arraigned by Justice of the Peace, Pct 1, Judge Brenda Dominy on the following charges:

Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - 2nd Degree Felony - Bond set at $30,000

Kidnapping - 3rd Degree Felony - Bond set at $20,000

Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle - State Jail Felony - Bond set at $5,000

Dylan Kyle Masters was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia at the time they were picked up, and was charged with misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

All three suspects remain in Cherokee County Jail.

Crime Suspect - Steven Dale Davis

               Steven Dale Davis

Crime Suspect - Dylan Kyle Masters

             Dylan Kyle Masters

Crime Suspect - Eric James Mays


              Eric James Mays

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