NEW INFO in Arrest of Six for Assault, Robbery and Kidnapping in Robertsdale

ROBERTSDALE, AL (WKRG) — Police have arrested six people for an alleged assault, robbery, and kidnapping in Robertsdale.

Robertsdale Police say 20-year-old Austin Jackson, 19-year-old Jesse Durden, 19-year-old James Thompson, 20-year-old Houston McGowan, 19-year-old John Saez and an unidentified 16-year-old are in custody for what investigators are calling a targeted act.

Corporal Tedd Stone with the Robertsdale Police Department says the victim was taken to a home at 17357 County Road 54 in Robertsdale.  The victim and some of his alleged attackers exchanged words and later the victim was beaten and robbed.  Stone says the victim was taken against his will in a vehicle away from Robertsdale and eventually escaped along a dirt road in Silverhill.  But according to the victim’s father, his son was told to run and was begging for his life as he stumbled into the woods suffering from a broken arm and knee-cap after being beaten with baseball bats and shot multiple times with an airsoft rifle.

The victim underwent surgery at Thomas Hospital according to the victim’s family.  He is now home recovering from the attack.  The six were arrested with the help of the US Marshals Service.  Robertsdale Police wanted to emphasize this was not a random attack and that the attackers knew the victim.  The name of the 16-year-old suspect is being withheld because he is a minor.  Police did not say what the original dispute was about.

The six suspects were arrested with the help of the US Marshals Service.  Robertsdale Police wanted to emphasize this was not a random attack and that the attackers knew the victim.  The name of the 16-year-old suspect is being withheld because he is a minor.  Police did not say what the original dispute was about.

Search warrants served at Baldwin Farm Apartments and a home on County Road 54 in Robertsdale turned up the victim’s wallet and a handgun he had been carrying at the time of the assault.

 

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