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Two Alabama residents have been charged with false imprisonment in Florida after picking up a teen girl in Alabama, driving her across state lines and allegedly assaulting her and leaving her bound under a tree.
Coby Jordan, 22, and Molly Jarrett, 19, were arrested in Houston County, Alabama — just north of the Florida state line — on Saturday, according to a statement from the Jackson County (Florida) Sheriff's Office. They remain in custody in Alabama on fugitive warrants, according to jail records reviewed by Oxygen.com.
Investigators say that, on Friday night, Jordan "picked up" the unidentified minor victim in Alabama, and the two of them met up with Jarrett and an unnamed fourth woman. At some point thereafter, Jordan took the alleged victim into Florida, according to Panama City ABC affiliate WMBB.
At around 1:00 a.m. on Saturday, police say that Jordan took the victim to an abandoned building in Florida, beat her and tied her by the wrists and ankles. Shortly after that, Jordan allegedly dropped the restrained victim under a tree by herself, according to Fox 29.
A witness called police around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday about a possible abduction and Jackson County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene, where they found the teen girl with her hands still bound. She was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.
They determined that Jordan and Jarrett were both involved in the incident, and participated in the arrest with Houston County Sheriff's deputies.
Jail records reflect that Jordan and Jarrett were arrested around 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. Jarrett was apparently dressed as the D.C. Comics' Teen Titans superhero Raven at the time that she and Jordan were stopped.
Jordan is being charged in Florida with robbery, false imprisonment, tampering with a victim and battery, according to the Jackson County Sheriff.
Jarrett is being charged with principal in the first degree to robbery, principal in the first degree to false Imprisonment, principal in the first degree to tampering with a victim and principal in the first degree to battery. Florida law defines "principal in the first degree" as someone who "aids, abets, counsels, hires, or otherwise procures [any criminal] offense to be committed."
It is not clear when Jordan or Jarrett are due back in Alabama court to face extradition to Florida.
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