Police: Woman Kidnapped At Gunpoint, Forced Into Trunk, Newark PD Arrest Two

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Newark – On Wednesday May 10, 2017, the Newark Police Department (NPD) was contacted by the Horry County, South Carolina Police Department regarding a kidnappinginvestigation, according to NPD Spokesman Newark, Lt. Fred Nelson.

Nelson said officers learned from Horry County detectives that their victim was working as a convenience store clerk in South Carolina when a subject entered the store and pointed a handgun at her. The gunman directed the victim to leave the store and ordered her into the trunk of her vehicle, a Mercury Sable, according to Nelson. The suspect then abducted the victim from the scene, added Nelson.

Horry County detectives determined the male suspect picked up a female accomplice and headed north. The suspects stopped at a gas station in North Carolina and the victim was able to free herself and contact police. Horry County detectives learned that the victim’s vehicle was observed in Newark, DE, which is why they contacted Newark Police.


Newark officers were able to locate surveillance footage of the victim’s vehicle in the City of Newark and, through additional investigation, identified Destiny Simmons 18, of Myrtle Beach, SC., as being in the vehicle at one point, according to Nelson. Newark officers provided Horry County detectives with Simmons’ information and they were able to link her to the kidnapping, said Nelson. Horry County detectives then obtained a warrant for Simmons’ arrest.

On May 12, 2017 Newark officers executed a search warrant in New Castle, DE in support of Horry County’s investigation. Simmons was arrested as an out of state fugitive and the victim’s Mercury Sable was recovered at the residence. Nazjier Ferrell, 18, of New Castle, DE, was arrested a short time later for Receiving Stolen Property (victim’s vehicle) after voluntarily responding to the Newark Police Department. He was later linked to the kidnapping by Horry County detectives, according to Nelson. Both Simmons and Ferrell are in custody in Delaware awaiting extradition to South Carolina on charges related to the kidnapping.

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