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Kidnappers told the Decatur teen they were taking him to meet his girlfriend

April 17 – Arab police Saturday rescued a Decatur teen who texted 911 after he was allegedly kidnapped, handcuffed and taken to Arab by two men who said they were taking him to his girlfriend to work out their relationship, according to the Arab police. Arab police.

“I’ve been here 24 years and this is the first actual kidnapping I’ve ever been a part of as far as working here,” said Arab Police Chief Shane Washburn.

Jesse Ryan Fain Jr., 21, and Clayton Ty Calahan, 18, both Arabs, were each charged with second-degree kidnapping and remained in the Marshall County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $15,000 bond, jail records show.

Arab Police said they received a call from Morgan County 911 regarding a kidnapping on Saturday around 5:41 p.m. A 19-year-old male victim reportedly texted 911 saying he had been kidnapped from Lamar Street Southeast in Decatur and taken to a residence on Second Street Northeast in Arab.

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According to Washburn, Arab police officers arrived at the house minutes later and found the victim handcuffed and sitting in the living room. Fain and Calahan, who were also in the home, were subsequently arrested for kidnapping, according to Arab police.

“The two perpetrators told the victim that they were going to take him to his girlfriend’s home so they could improve their relationship,” Arab police said in a statement. “The victim stated that they handcuffed him and told him that they wanted to handcuff him because they did not want him to attack them while they were taking him to his girlfriend.”

Although one of the alleged kidnappers appeared to be in possession of a gun during the ordeal, the victim said he was not threatened with it, according to Arab police. The gun later turned out to be an Airsoft pistol.

“The victim stated that when they entered Arab, he realized they were not going in the direction of his girlfriend’s home,” Arab police said. “The victim stated that he was able to retrieve his phone because the perpetrators had handcuffed him in front of his body.”

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Washburn said the victim and alleged kidnappers are acquaintances.

“They did not alert the girlfriend in any way that she was involved in any way,” he said. “So we made the two arrests, and the case … will go to trial from here.”

Second-degree kidnapping is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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– david.gambino@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2438.

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