Three Indicted in the Abduction and Maiming of Hollywood Actors
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – 4 July, 2018
Three people have been indicted on charges of kidnapping Daisy McCrackin, an actress who starred in the Hollywood film Halloween: Resurrection , and actor Joseph Capone. All three suspects, Keith Andre Stewart, 32; Johntae Jones, 25; and Amber Neal, 26, are in custody, but the case continues to be investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department's elite Robbery-Homicide Division, according to authorities.
On July 3rd in a grand jury indictment, the three suspects were collectively charged with 17 felony counts, including kidnapping, assault with a firearm, grand theft, mayhem, conspiracy and possession for sale of a controlled substance: methamphetamine.
The trio allegedly went to the South Los Angeles home of Daisy McCrackin on May 3, 2017, where Stewart pistol whipped Joseph Capone before the defendants placed black hoods over the victims’ heads and drove them to Jones’ home in Compton. Once there, the kidnappers stripped Capone naked and held him without food in a bathtub for 30 hours, according to the indictment summary. At present the precise identity of “Joseph Capone” is unknown; IMDB lists three actors under the name: the first, the second, the third.
Jones and Stewart's charges include firearm allegations. Stewart is charged with infliction of great bodily injury on the male victim.
Jones and Neal are also accused of taking McCrackin’s vehicle, a 2011 red Lexus, and driving her to multiple bank locations while demanding her to provide at least $10,000 for Capone’s release. McCrackin was forced to write a check for $10,000 to Neal as ransom. The money was deposited it into Neal's account, according to the indictment.
On May 4, the trio took McCrackin back to her South Los Angeles home, where she managed to escape and alert police. Police officers then located and arrested the defendants.
If convicted as charged, Stewart and Jones face the maximum possible sentence of life in state prison without parole. Neal also faces charges that could result in life imprisonment.
Bail for Jones and Neal was set at $1 million, and Stewart’s at $2.08 million. The defendants are expected to appear in court on July 23 for a pretrial hearing at Department 116 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
An eyewitness of Neal’s arrest on Monday caught the event on camera and then posted the video to Twitter. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed today that the woman in the video is indeed Neal.
So this happened today in Inglewood. The police stopped this woman and drew guns out at her even though (clear as day) she had nothing in her hands. pic.twitter.com/yUAdimc2hC— ricky???? (@x__ricardo) July 2, 2018
The user deleted his twitter soon after the revelation of the facts. However once the facts got online they will never be forgotten.
But there is its trace on LAPD HQ Twitter.
We are aware this video has raised concerns from the community. Although we are limited in what info we can release, we can confirm this individual was arrested on a felony kidnapping warrant & taken into custody without a use-of-force. She is being held on 1 million dollars bail https://t.co/ggrTsBWi3N— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 3, 2018
In the video one can hear screams that the suspect is harmless and scared. The camera-man then counts how many policemen arrived on the scene to arrest Neal. The post already has 61,236 Retweets and 83,702 Likes. The video is a clear indication of how social media is complicating the public image of high-profile criminal cases.