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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

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FRIDAY, July 13, 2007                                                       PHONE: (409) 839-2538
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LOUISIANA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO KIDNAPPING CHARGES

            BEAUMONT, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that PERCY LEE OLIVER,  22, of Kenner, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to kidnapping charges in the Eastern District of Texas, before United States District Judge Thad Heartfield.
 
            According to prosecutors, on December 23, 2006, a family and their friend were traveling through Beaumont, Texas.  While stopped at a convenience store at the intersection of Walden Road and Interstate 10, the wife and their two young sons, ages 6 and 7 remained in the vehicle.  Allegedly, Oliver and another man, Laromanain Donte Anderson, approached the vehicle and physically removed the mother before driving away.  Knowing that her sons were asleep in the rear of the vehicle, she began chasing the vehicle and screaming that her sons were in the car.

            Beaumont Police officers responded and immediately issued an "Amber Alert" describing the vehicle and young boys who had been taken.  Approximately one hour later, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputies observed the stolen vehicle east bound on Interstate 10 near Lake Charles, Louisiana.  Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle.  The driver of the stolen vehicle later identified as Oliver, increased speed to over 100 miles per hour.  The high speed pursuit continued for approximately 21 miles before Oliver struck a trailer and lost control of the vehicle.  The vehicle crossed the west bound lane of Interstate 10, becoming airborne before landing on its side and sliding to a stop.  Both the young boys suffered injuries in the crash.  After the vehicle came to a stop, Oliver fled on foot but was apprehended after a foot chase.   The second defendant suffered a broken leg in the crash and was arrested at the scene of the wreck. 

            After the accident in Louisiana, the FBI joined local authorities in the investigation.  The joint investigative effort determined that Oliver and Anderson stopped at a second convenience store in Orange, Texas.  Prosecutors allege that while stopped in Orange, Oliver and Anderson became aware that the two young boys were in the rear of the stolen vehicle.   After learning of the victims presence in the vehicle, Oliver and Anderson continued traveling east on Interstate 10 into Louisiana.

            At sentencing, Oliver faces 20 years to life in prison. Co-defendant Anderson is set for trial on July 24, 2007.

            This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Beaumont Police Department and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Robert Hobbs is prosecuting the case.

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