Police: New Mexico man kidnapped Arkansas woman

May 15, 2014 • State News

DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man kidnapped a woman from Arkansas, brought her to New Mexico, and [auth] then he and his father raped her, authorities said.

Jessie Hopper Jr. and Jessie Hopper Sr. were arrested Saturday after an Arkansas dispatcher contacted New Mexico State Police about the missing woman’s whereabouts, the Deming Headlight reported ( Authorities said AT&T tracked her cellphone to the younger Hopper’s home in Deming.

Police said officers found the woman inside a bus on the property. She told authorities the men abducted her and brought her to New Mexico.

According to a police report, the younger Hopper contacted the woman last Thursday saying he wanted to have lunch with her. The woman was reluctant to meet with him, authorities said.

Police said the men traveled from New Mexico to Arkansas, where they picked up another woman, identified as Polly Hopper, before meeting with the victim. Once they met with her, according to authorities, the elder Hopper pointed a small shotgun with a sawed-off barrel at the victim and instructed his son to handcuff her.

Jessie Hopper Jr. told investigators that his father persuaded him to travel to Arkansas and bring the woman back, police said. He acknowledged he handcuffed her and held her against her will, according to authorities.

Both men face a number of charges including kidnapping, conspiracy, and aggravated criminal sexual penetration. Hopper is charged with kidnapping and conspiracy.

It was unknown if any of the three suspects had an attorney.

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