Man threatens friend with butcher knife; charged with kidnapping

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 17, 2015

An Elba man armed with a butcher knife allegedly forced another person to drive him to several Opp locations Wednesday morning before crashing at Ballard Tire Co.

According to the Opp Police Department, OPD patrol units were dispatched to a one-vehicle crash around 12:27 a.m.

Extensive damage was caused to Ballard Tire Co., and officers determined that the crash occurred as a result of the driver being kidnapped.

OPD officials said that Chad Houston, 39, of Elba, forced the driver to drive him, while being armed with the butcher knife.

Further investigation showed that Houston allegedly made credible threats to do harm to the victim and refused to allow the victim to exit the vehicle.

The driver jumped from the vehicle in an attempt to escape from Houston.

Houston was located and charged with second degree kidnapping, a class B felony.

If convicted, Houston faces no less than two years and no more than 20 years in prison.

He is being held in the Covington County Jail on a $100,000 bond.