OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. – Two Illinois men face kidnapping and conspiracy charges in Mississippi after authorities say they lured a teenager out of his house with the help of a video-game-centered chat program.
Olive Branch police have charged Juan E. Andrade, 30, and Jason St. Aubin, 29, both of Creal Springs, Illinois. It is unclear whether or not a man has a lawyer. Both men are held on more than $600,000 bail and are supposed to be returned to the Mississippi in the coming days
They are accused of picking up a 14-year-old John Aubrey Peal III in the middle of the night Aug. 1 around the corner from his house in the suburbs of Memphis, Tennessee. Peal’s father, John Aubrey Peal II, tells local news outlets that the Andrade and St. Aubin had spent months manipulating his son with the help of the Disagreement applies, ultimately, to convince the boy that Peal was saving the men from killing themselves.
“I saw these two men’s mugshots, and I’ve seen the devil,” said the father. “These people are predators. They enticed my son with the false belief that he is saving their lives by suicide.”
After four days, during which Peal’s disappearance was published on the social media, Williamson County, Illinois, Sheriff Bennie Vick said Peal appeared Sunday on the Lake of Egypt Fire department and asked firefighters to contact “the proper authorities.” He was reunited with his family, later that day. The father credits the publicity with spooking the men.
“The kidnappers decided they needed to get rid of him,” he said.
The sheriff said: St. Aubin is Playing in the fire station.
Williamson County deputies arrested Andrade and St. Aubin Monday after staking out their home. Illinois officials say they are considering additional charges.
Peal does not think that his son was physically hurt, but is not asked him much about what happened during the four days, during which the men get the kid hot dogs and frozen pizza.
“Now, I am cozy with my son,” said the father.
Developer Discord Inc. urges the users to chat only with people they know. Also says he urges parents to teach children about the risks of communicating with unknown people.