Documents: Cahokia man told kidnapping victim they were going to 'take that ride'

News-DemocratMarch 14, 2014 

A Cahokia man was found guilty Thursday to charges in connection with a 2012 kidnapping in East St. Louis.

Antwon "Pooster" D. Jenkins was found guilty of kidnapping and using a firearm to commit armed violence, according to a news release from Stephen R. Wigginton, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois.

The verdict was returned Thursday after a three-day trial at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis.

According to court documents, Jenkins was indicted in August 2012 on two counts, kidnapping or aiding and abetting kidnapping, and using or carrying a firearm during or in relation to the kidnapping or aiding and abetting kidnapping.

The evidence at trial showed that on July 17, 2012, Jenkins lured a man to his house in East St. Louis, where Jenkins and others beat the man and accused him of burglarizing Jenkins' second home in Cahokia, according to court documents.

Then, Jenkins told the victim they were going to "take that ride." The victim was placed into Jenkins' truck, where he could not get out, and driven across the Poplar Street Bridge and into Franklin County in Missouri, documents stated.

During the drive, Jenkins pulled off Highway 44 twice and threatened the victim at gunpoint. The second time Jenkins pulled over, he told the victim to get out of the truck so Jenkins could shoot him in the back, but the victim ran off into the woods and escaped, charges stated.

Jenkins was arrested a few days later.

Jenkins faces a possible life sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for June 27.

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