Two Faulkner County men are facing kidnapping and aggravated robbery charges after allegedly forcing a Conway couple at gunpoint to leave with them, according to Conway police.
The male victim called 911 on Sept. 15 "stating he and his girlfriend … were forced into vehicles at gunpoint" and that "he was able to escape from the vehicle in which he was being held," according to a Conway Police Department incident report.
Jonathan Morris and Howard "Byshop" Farmer III were each charged earlier this month with kidnapping, two counts of aggravated robbery, possession of firearms by certain persons, second-degree battery and interference with emergency communication in the September incident. Howard is currently being held in the county jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond on the aforementioned charges. As of press time Wednesday, Morris had not yet been arrested.
According to the incident report, the couple arranged to meet up with Morris at Fox Run Apartments to collect some money he owed them after the female victim bonded her boyfriend out of jail.
While at the apartments, Morris and Farmer allegedly attacked the male victim.
"Farmer put [the male victim] into a headlock and dragged him around the building," the report reads. "They hit him several times with a gun, then separated [the couple]. Morris got into a vehicle with [the male victim], and Farmer got into [the female victim’s] vehicle with her."
The male victim said he was able to escape when Morris stopped at Hess Gas Station, where he immediately called 911.
The woman told authorities Farmer pointed a gun at her and told her to take him to her house.
In her report, the woman recalled Morris and Farmer "were ‘geeked out’ and wanted ‘money or anything they could get.’"
Farmer allegedly threatened to kill her at the house and forced her to leave with him after "she proved to him that she did not have anything of value to him at her house," according to the report.
While leaving her house, an officer spotted the female victim’s vehicle on Blaney Hill Road. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, Farmer jumped out and fled on foot.
When police caught up to Farmer, he was "engaged with his cell phone, stating he was ‘live’ of Facebook," the report states. The officer tripped in a ditch while walking toward Farmer and Farmer was able to escape.
Farmer was later arrested and is currently being held in the Faulkner County Detention Center. He is set to appear in Faulkner County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Monday for a plea and arraignment hearing.
Authorities are working to locate Morris.