Three men accused of kidnapping a man and woman and beating them with an axe handle in July have been indicted by the new term of the DeKalb County Grand Jury, which convened Monday, November 24
42 year old Jimmy Tolbert (J.J.) Hendrixson, Jr., 36 year old Casey Joseph Jacobs, and 48 year old Comas Brian Higgins all of Old Snow Hill Road, Dowelltown are each indicted with two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping.
According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Hendrixson, Jacobs, and Higgins met their victims at a bridge on the New Bildad Road Friday night, July 18 and assaulted them with an axe handle. Both victims were then tied up and their mouths were taped shut. The male victim managed to escape and ran to a residence nearby where he called for help. The three abductors then drove the female victim to their home on the Old Snow Hill Road.
"After we got the call, I along with detectives and deputies of the sheriff's department arrived (on New Bildad Road) and found an individual (male victim) who had minor injuries. We took a statement from him and learned who the individuals were who assaulted and tied him up. He told us of a female that had been done the same way. We found her (at residence on Old Snow Hill Road) and took her into safe keeping. We arrested the three individuals responsible," said Sheriff Ray.
The arrest warrants against Hendrixson, Jacobs, and Higgins all alleged that on Friday, July 18 they held a woman and man against their will. The man and woman were tied up with a rope and their mouths were taped shut. The man and woman had each been assaulted with an axe handle. The woman had several marks on her body from the axe handle and rope. The man suffered bodily injuries causing him to be transported by DeKalb EMS to the hospital where he was treated and released. Neither victim was seriously hurt in the attack.
Sheriff Ray gave no motive for the kidnapping and assault.
The trio were among seventy seven people who were indicted on various charges by the Grand Jury Monday. Twenty six of them were named in sealed indictments. The names of persons charged in sealed indictments cannot be revealed until they are arrested.
All those indicted will appear for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m.
The defendants and their charges are as follows:
Robert Roy Atnip, Jr.: burglary and theft over $1,000
Joseph Stephen Audas: aggravated rape and aggravated assault
Clay Andrew Bain: domestic assault
Earnest Paul Barnwell: driving on revoked license (4th offense)
Karey Lynn Benson: worthless check
Kevin Bly: aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and violation of order of protection
Timmy Eugene Bowman: solicitation of a minor (2 counts) and violation of the sex offender registry
Shawn Patrick Byrd: aggravated arson
Donald Wayne Cantrell: manufacturing a schedule VI drug
Jason Zenn Cripps: auto burglary, public intoxication, violation of bond conditions, possession of a schedule II drug (2 counts), possession of a schedule IV drug, and aggravated assault
Johnny Lynn Devault: possession of schedule IV drug, driving on revoked license (2 counts), and aggravated assault
Rebecca Dickens: introduction of contraband
Kenny Waymon Dyal, Jr.: burglary (2 counts) and theft under $500, and theft over $500
Desiree Ferrell: sale and delivery of schedule II drug
Oscar Alexis Garcia: underage driving while impaired, reckless endangerment, evading arrest, resisting arrest, no drivers license, traffic control device, and failure to maintain lane
Demelza Jane Frances Grisham: aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, and theft over $500
John Harris: possession of a schedule VI drug for resale
Jimmy Hendrixson, Casey Jacobs, and Comas Higgins: especially aggravated kidnapping (2 counts)
Brandon Hutchings and Shannon Newby: aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000
David Ray Johnson: theft under $500 (2 counts)
Tamer Jones: theft over $500 and theft under $500 (4 counts)
Hugo Godinez-Juarez: driving under the influence
Michelle Lee Keenan: driving on suspended
Ashley Lasser: theft under $500 and forgery
Michael Leichtfuss: introduction of contraband
Steve F. Mabe, Jr.: theft over $1,000 (2 counts)
Joyce Sharon Malone: driving on suspended
Sherry Malone: theft over $1,000
Lorie Denise Maclean and Craig Alan Yarbrough: theft over $10,000 and theft under $500
Kevin Manning: driving under the influence (3rd offense)
Jermaine McCoy: possession of a schedule II drug for resale (2 counts), no drivers license, driving on revoked, speeding, and open container
Patsy McCoy: possession of paraphernalia, possession of a schedule III drug, public intoxication, and theft under $500
James Dallas McMillen, Jr.: theft over $1,000 (2 counts) and theft over $500 (2 counts), and theft under $500
Bruce Allen Morton: driving on a revoked license, DRL (2nd offense), financial responsibility, failure to carry registration, and failure to maintain lane
Melinda Murphy: forgery (2 counts)
Steven Nelson: domestic assault, violation of bond conditions and coercion of a witness
Shawn Renee Nolton: driving on a suspended license, financial responsibility, and violation of the light law
Gary Ponder: theft over $1,000
Wallace Rackley: tampering with evidence, resisting arrest, possession of a schedule II and IV drug, and aggravated assault
Brian Raynes: driving under the influence, driving on a revoked license, and possession of a schedule VI drug
Raymond Howard Rollins: domestic assault
Kevin Glenn Smith: reckless endangerment ( 2 counts) and evading arrest
Scottie Lynn Sykes: Burglary, theft over $1,000, vandalism over $1,000, possession of schedule II drug and possession of paraphernalia
Brandon Keith Thomas and Shawn Renee Gibson: initiation of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule IV and VI drug, and possession of paraphernalia
Justin LaVaughn Westbrook: driving on a revoked license (3rd offense) and speeding
Joey Williams: driving on a suspended license and possession of a schedule VI drug
Robert Eugene Wright, III: driving under the influence (4th offense), driving on a revoked license, and failure to maintain lane