On August 21st, around 10:00 a.m. the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Flowood Police Department that an injured man walked into their lobby and reported that he had been to an address located in Rankin County to meet a female. He said that when he got there, he was assaulted, tied up and held at gunpoint.
Rankin County Deputies and Investigators responded to the Flowood Police Department where they met with the victim.
The victim told deputies that on Saturday evening, August 20th he went to an address in the Reservoir area to meet a female. When he arrived, the victim states he was assaulted, tied up and held at gunpoint. The victim further stated he was held against his will for approximately 3 hours. He said that the suspects took his phone and other items.
The victim identified the suspects as Cortez Adams and Laken Lowery. He said that Laken Lowery’s mother, Tina Lowery was also present during the kidnapping and assault.
The victim stated that after 3 hours, the suspects untied him and let him leave the house. The victim said that he drove off in his car and that the suspects followed him for several minutes, in a Dodge Ram Pickup. When the victim was confident the suspects were no longer following him, he drove to the Flowood Police Department.
Rankin County Deputies immediately began to search the area for the suspects. They also put out a statewide BOLO (Be On the Lookout) for the suspects and vehicles.
On Sunday evening the Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten called Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey and said that he and his department were familiar with Adams.
He said if Adams was in his area, they would have him in contact very soon. Less than an hour later, Sheriff Patten called back and said that they had Adams and Lowery in custody and had also recovered a weapon, believed to be used in the crime.
Rankin County Deputies drove to the Adams County jail and picked up both suspects and returned them to the Rankin County Jail. Adams and Lowery were booked on charges of Capital Kidnapping. Tina Lowery was arrested in Rankin County and charged with Accessory to Kidnapping.
District Attorney Bubba Bramlett will bring all three suspects before Rankin County Court Judge David Morrow for an initial appearance.
The Rankin County Sheriff’s Office said they are grateful for the quick response and assistance of the Flowood Police Department and the Adam’s County Sheriff’s Office.