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Three Charged in Brazen Kidnapping of Two Actors From California Home

Posted by Steve Karimi | Jul 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

In a story that seems as if it was pulled straight from a horror movieHalloween: Resurrection actors Daisy McCrackin and Joseph Capone were abducted and held for days following a home invasion. Both actors were eventually freed, and now three alleged perpetrators are behind bars.

The chaotic incident began on July 3, when two men and one woman broke into the home of McCrackin while both actors were present. One of the three accused allegedly pistol-whipped Capone before both actors were subdued. Their heads were covered with black hoods, and both victims were taken from the home.

According to a statement made by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, the three suspects drove the victims to one of the suspect's homes in Compton, California. For the next 30 hours, Capone was stripped and left in a bathtub while the kidnappers forced McCrackin to drive to multiple banks and withdraw $10,000. Allegedly, the kidnappers informed McCrackin once the $10,000 was received both victims would be released. Eventually, McCrackin was forced to sign a $10,000 check over to one of the alleged perpetrators, who deposited it into her bank account.

According to police, the following day the perpetrators drove McCrackin back to her home where she was able to escape. She alerted authorities to what had happened, which resulted in police rescuing Capone and arresting the three suspects.

Suspects Johntae Jones and Amber Neal are being held on $1 million bail. Suspect Keith Stewart, who was alleged to have pistol-whipped Capone, is being held on $2.08 million bail. In total, the three suspects each face charges kidnapping, assault with a firearm, grand theft, mayhem, conspiracy and possession for sale of a controlled substance. Stewart and Jones are facing a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Neal faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

McCrackin is best known for her role in the 2002 film Halloween: Resurrection. She has also played roles in a number of television series including AngleThe Division, and Cold Case. She is also known for playing a leading role in Love and Suicide, which was controversially filmed in Cuba during the embargo in 2005.

Kidnapping Charges in Washington State

While this crime occurred in California, Washington State has its own kidnapping laws. Under Washington law, kidnapping charges are split into two categories: first-degree kidnapping and second-degree kidnapping.

Kidnapping in the first degree involves intentionally abducting another person with the intent:

  • To hold that person for ransom or as a hostage,
  • To commit a felony crime,
  • To inflict injury or harm on the victim,
  • To inflict mental distress on the victim or on another person, and/or
  • To interfere with the performance of any governmental function.

Kidnapping in the second degree includes any act that involves kidnapping another person for any reason other than those covered by kidnapping in the first degree.

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Steve Karimi

Steve Karimi attended Pepperdine University School of Law. After graduation he worked as a prosecutor in Seattle where he gained valuable insight to the criminal justice system. Attorney Karimi uses his experiences as a prosecutor everyday only now he fights for the justice of those accused.


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