USM student charged with kidnapping

USM student charged with kidnapping
Joseph King

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A University of Southern Mississippi student is behind bars and charged with kidnapping and domestic violence.

Joseph Tremaine King, 40, was taken into custody by university police Tuesday evening and booked in to the Forrest County Jail.

Wednesday afternoon King made his initial appearance before Judge Gay Polk-Payton where he was given a $202,000 bond.

According to university officials, the victim is considered a first year student from Jackson, and King is considered an upper-classman also from Jackson.

According to a press release issued by the university, the incident occurred in the 300 block of 37th avenue at an apartment complex owned by the university.

University Police Det. Capt. Rusty Keyes said the arrest was made after the victim reported the incident Jan. 20. to University police. Capt. Keyes said an investigation in the case is ongoing.

"She was under the impression they were going to an event as friends, and it turned out they went to his apartment where he held her captive for several days last week," said University Police Chief Bob Hopkins.

According to university officials, no missing persons report was filed, the victim lives alone and no one was directly responsible for here whereabouts.

The investigation is ongoing and according to Keyes, more charges could be pending for King.