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Man bound and beaten in Jones County

Benjamin Corey Sellers Benjamin Corey Sellers
James Christopher Sellers James Christopher Sellers
James Henry Sellers, Jr. James Henry Sellers, Jr.

This is a news release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department.

On the afternoon of Oct. 31, Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to Hoy Road in reference to a disturbance at a residence. 

The complainant said he heard a knock at his door and some noise and saw three men running from the side of his residence.  He reported one man ran toward the road, jumped in a truck and fled the scene. 

The complainant said he knew the other two and they lived across the street.  Deputies went across the street and made contact with the two white males that ran from the scene, another white male, two white females and one black male. 

Deputies were told the unknown male that got into his truck was trespassing on their property and they wanted to sign charges on him.

Less than an hour later, deputies were dispatched to Audubon Drive and came into contact with a white male who appeared badly injured. 

The victim had injuries to his face and head and had marks around both wrists where it seemed something was tied tightly around them.  The victim said he had gone to a residence on Hoy Road earlier to “hang out” with some friends.  When he arrived, James Henry Sellers, Jr., 58 of Laurel, was there and the two began to talk. 

The victim says Sellers, Jr., grabbed him and tied him around both wrists to a chair with zip ties, then tied his feet together. 

The victim said several vehicles pulled up to the property and James Christopher Sellers, 35 of Laurel and Benjamin Corey Sellers, 33 of Laurel, came to the victim asking about some stolen guns that were taken from a residence in Laurel’s city limits. 

The victim said he would try to answer their questions, but they would get mad and strike him in the face and abdomen.  He said he was tied down for approximately two hours, then the suspects cut the zip ties off his wrists and feet which enabled him to later flee the scene. 

Deputies picked up the suspects and took them into custody.  All three men were charged with Kidnapping and Aggravated Assault.  Bonds were set for $5,000 each.

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