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FBI arrests 2 in retired professor kidnapping

The retired university professor, who authorities are not naming, was reportedly kidnapped from his Fayette, MS home on Feb. 12. The retired university professor, who authorities are not naming, was reportedly kidnapped from his Fayette, MS home on Feb. 12.
PASCAGOULA, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Two Pascagoula men were arrested Thursday for allegedly kidnapping a retired university professor and taking him by car across state lines before releasing him some 240 miles from his home.

According to a press release from the FBI Jackson Field Office, Arveanious Smith, 31, and 18-year-old Travis Jerome Washington were arrested by FBI Agents and Pascagoula Police Officers on Thursday in Pascagoula.

The retired university professor, who authorities are not naming, was reportedly kidnapped from his Fayette, MS home on Feb. 12.

Smith and Washington allegedly assaulted and robbed the victim at his home, and then transported him in his vehicle across state lines into Louisiana. The victim was released at approximately 4 a.m. on Feb. 13 in Pascagoula, MS.

The suspects face federal charges of Kidnapping. If convicted, Smith and Washington face penalties of up to a life sentence in federal prison.

Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Mississippi, reports that Smith and Washington will have initial court appearances on Friday.

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