Church kidnapping suspect faces federal charges

| April 29, 2010

An Aliceville man accused of kidnapping a woman at gunpoint from a church parking lot in August 2009 now faces federal charges.

A federal grand jury indicted Brandon Terrell Peebles, 22, charging him with carjacking and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.

Peebles, who has the words “not guilty” tattooed across his neck, has been in the Tuscaloosa County Jail since September on state charges of second-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery.

Authorities said Peebles approached a 19-year-old woman in a church parking lot the afternoon of Aug. 28, 2009, and asked to use her mobile phone. While he was using the phone, an accomplice drove up and blocked her vehicle, authorities said at the time. Peebles allegedly forced her into her car at gunpoint while the driver of the other car followed them to a dirt road in Greene County. They then stole items from her purse and her car, authorities said.

The alleged driver of that car, Marquise Devon Jarrells, also faces state kidnapping and robbery charges, but he has not been charged in the federal system.

Aliceville police stopped a car later that night matching the description given by the victim and arrested Jarrells, 27.

Members of the U.S. Marshal’s fugitive task force later tracked Peebles to a relative’s home in Eutaw.

The Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit and the Tuscaloosa office of the FBI investigated the case. The federal grand jury handed down the two-count indictment in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.

If he is convicted of the federal car-jacking charge, Peebles would face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Conviction for the gun charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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