Fort Payne man facing charges after alleged botched kidnapping

HOKES BLUFF, AL (WBRC) – The Etowah County Sheriff's Department says they have taken a man into custody on kidnapping charges. 35-year-old Billy Joe Greenleaf, Jr., of Fort Payne, was arrested shortly after midnight for the kidnapping of two teenagers in Hokes Bluff.

According to the Sheriff's office, an 18-year-old male and 17-year-old female were walking in the Hokes Bluff City Park when they were approached by the suspect. Allegedly, Greenleaf asked the male teen to help him with his vehicle. Once the pair was near his gold 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe, Greenleaf pulled a gun and forced the teens into the SUV.

Authorities said that Greenleaf made the male drive the vehicle, but the teens made an escape when they approached a stop sign. Greenleaf was left inside the vehicle. The female teen was able to grab Greenleaf's firearm during the escape.

Both teens were found safe and returned home.

Hokes Bluff police found the Tahoe at a residence on Rabbittown Rd. They tell FOX6 News that Greenleaf spoke to his girlfriend's niece at the residence and she agreed to drive him to Fort Payne. The pair was stopped in DeKalb County shortly after midnight with Greenleaf at the wheel of the 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix.

Greenleaf was charged with DUI and resisting arrest during the traffic stop. He is being held in the DeKalb County Jail.

"Additional charges are pending for Greenleaf.  He will be brought back to the Etowah County Detention Center," states Hokes Bluff Police Chief Mitchell Hill.  "I want to thank every agency for their involvement last night in the capture of this man. We greatly appreciate their help."

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