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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Men Found Guilty Of Kidnapping

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced today that a jury convicted AKIN SEAN EL PRECISE BEY, of Knightdale, North Carolina, and GEORGE LINCOLN STANLEY IV, of Durham, North Carolina of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and kidnapping.  AKIN SEAN EL PRECISE BEY was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  The jury returned its verdict following a trial in federal court before Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt.

The investigation showed that the victim had been kidnapped from his home after returning from attending a boxing match in Las Vegas.  The kidnappers laid in wait at the victim’s house and, after beating him badly, took him to a storage unit where he was held and tortured.  Crime scene technicians recovered the kidnappers’ fingerprints, as well as the victim’s blood, within the storage unit.  Zip ties were still attached to a chair within the storage unit and the victim’s personal identification was located on a table.  The victim, who was severely injured with a swollen eye, ligature marks on his wrists and ankles, and duct tape still on his face and neck, was eventually located by law enforcement on a dark dirt road in Nash County, North Carolina.  A search warrant executed at BEY’S house uncovered six firearms; a .32 caliber pistol, Judge Long Colt revolver, .40 caliber pistol, .38 caliber revolver, a rifle, and a 12 gauge shotgun.  At the time, BEY was prohibited from possessing any firearms as he had been previously convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

At trial, the evidence showed an elaborate scheme to target and kidnap the victim in order to steal money from him.  The defendants broke into the victim’s house when they knew the victim would be out of town.  The defendants waited in the victim’s home and attacked the victim when he arrived.  The defendants ransacked the victim’s home looking for money.  The defendants demanded money of the victim and kidnapped him where they assaulted the victim further in a storage unit and demanded more money.  A large sum of cash was taken from the victim.  At the time of their arrests, BEY had over $55,000.00 cash in his home and STANLEY had over $21,000.00 cash in his pocket. 

Two other individuals, Hubert Dixon, of Durham, North Carolina, and Judson Hugh Debnam, of Raleigh, North Carolina, were also charged with crimes related to this incident and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery.  The defendants are set to be sentenced at the March 28, 2016 term of Court. 

The investigation and arrests were handled by the Raleigh Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, State Bureau of Investigation, Wake County Sheriff’s Office, Durham County Sheriff’s Office and Johnston County Sheriff’s Office.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Holbrook and Assistant U.S. Attorney Dena King represented the government.  Mr. Holbrook is a prosecutor with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office.  Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman has assigned Mr. Holbrook to the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force criminal matters.  Mr. Holbrook’s assignment to the United States Attorney’s Office has been made possible by grants funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission.

Updated December 8, 2015