CENTRE — Two men have been arrested in a kidnapping which began in Subligna on Monday and ended at a residence in Centre on Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office:
Justin Wayne Wessels was arrested at a residence on Alabama Street in Centre shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday. He was charged in connection to an assault and kidnapping which occurred in the Subligna Communtiy of Chattooga County.
Jody Dillon Padgett, 24, was arrested Monday.
Wessels and went to the Subligna residence Monday to collect a debt, and when the individual didn’t have the money that was owed — Wessels and Padgett pulled guns, and bound the male victim with wire ties while threatening to kill him.
They then kidnapped a woman “as surety that law enforcement wouldn’t be called.”
They also stole a safe, firearms and other items from the home.
The woman freed herself and called 911 and was spotted in between Centre and Cedar Bluff, reports said.