Illinois Men Charged With Kidnapping Olive Branch Teen Face Judge

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Two Illinois men charged in the kidnapping of an Olive Branch, Mississippi teenager faced a judge Tuesday.

30-year-old Juan Andrade and 29-year-old Jason St. Aubin both of Creal Springs, Illinois are charged with kidnapping and conspiracy for allegedly using a video gaming messaging app to lure a 14-year-old boy from his home.

The teen is safe, but his accusers could face more charges.

“We are going to stand up for our children and their families. We will not tolerate this type of behavior in our city,” said Olive Branch Police Major Bill Cox.

The two men from Southern Illinois accused of kidnapping an Olive Branch, Mississippi teen faced judge Leslie Shumake in Olive Branch municipal court. News cameras were not allowed inside the courtroom.

Court-appointed attorneys for the suspects asked the judge to reduce their $600,000 bonds. Judge Shumake refused. He did continue the case for a week, so attorneys can correct a typographical error found in the affidavit.

“As the investigation is continuing there may be additional charges,” said Major Bill Cox.

Cox says this case should serve as a warning to parents; watch your children and talk to them about everything.

“It’s so important for a parent to take an active role in their activities,” said Cox. “Making sure that we as parents know what they’re doing, who they’re talking to that we’re engaged with them, and we don’t allow anything to come between an open conversation between us and our children.”

The two suspects are being held in the DeSoto County jail in Hernando. A preliminary hearing is set for next Tuesday, August 21st at 9:00 a.m. at Olive Branch Municipal court.

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