UPDATE NOON MAY 2, 2018: Four men are now in custody in a kidnapping and murder case that is believed to have been retaliation for the death of former Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Carlos Gray, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO). Click here to read the latest update in the case.
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The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a kidnapping that they believe may be linked to last night’s homicide on Balboa Terrace, according to a release from the department.
Around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, deputies were called to a convenience store on the 2100 block of Old Springville Road to investigate a report of a kidnapping.
An adult male victim reported that he and another man had been kidnapped at gunpoint by five men in the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex. Three of the suspects were reportedly in a white Chevrolet Avalanche and the other two were in an Infinity sedan, according to the release.
The suspects reportedly forced the men into the Avalanche and drove north on Old Springville Road with the Infinity following behind. The victim was able to escape near the convenience store and call for help, according to the release.
A description of the suspect vehicles was broadcast to nearby deputies, and an Infinity matching the description was stopped near the 1900 block of Old Springville Road. The two occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody and are being questioned by detectives.
The Avalanche with the second victim has not yet been located. Detectives are investigating the possibility that this kidnapping may be related to a homicide that occured Monday night on Balboa Terrace
The investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with any information to call them at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.