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Second arrest in captive rape incident
Sylvania man charged
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Statesboro police detectives arrested a second man Thursday in connection to the reported rape of a woman who said she was abducted in Florida and held captive in a Statesboro apartment.

Will Morris Smith, 42, of Woodland Lane in Sylvania, was taken into custody Thursday, charged with rape and false imprisonment, according to Madison Bridges, Statesboro Police Department public information specialist.

Joe Amos Saxton, 45, of Dunlap Street, formerly of Gadson Morris Road in Allendale, S.C., was arrested Tuesday, also on charges of false imprisonment and rape, she said.

Police were notified around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday of the alleged rape and false imprisonment when a Jacksonville, Florida, resident called to report that a woman the caller said had been missing was believed to be in Statesboro.

The victim had somehow contacted the caller to say she was being held captive by two men who abducted her in Florida after forcing her into their car, Bridges said.

While an officer spoke with the Jacksonville caller, the victim escaped and ran to a nearby business on Northside Drive, close to the apartment where she had reportedly been held, Bridges said.

Officers located Saxton at the apartment and took him into custody, while the victim was taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Smith was located sometime Thursday and booked into the Bulloch County Jail.

Bridges said any charges stemming from the alleged abduction would come from Jacksonville authorities, who have opened an investigation into the matter.

The victim told police she did not know either man.

Both Smith and Saxton are being held in the Bulloch County Jail without bond.

Smith’s booking photo was not available by press time Thursday evening.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon maybe reached at (912) 489-9414.


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