Pascagoula men charged with kidnapping retired professor

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Two Pascagoula men face life in prison after allegedly kidnapping a retired university professor from his home in Fayette, Mississippi.

Arveanious "AV" Smith, 31, and Travis Jerome Washington, 18, were arrested Thursday by FBI agents and Pascagoula Police officers. Investigators said the two men assaulted and robbed the victim at his home on Tuesday, then took him and his vehicle across state lines into Louisiana. Around 4am on Valentine's Day, the victim was released from his captors in Pascagoula.

Smith and Washington are being charged federally with Kidnapping. If convicted, they face penalties of up to a life sentence in federal prison.

Daniel McMullen, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the FBI in Mississippi, said the pair will have initial appearances before Senior United States Magistrate Judge John M. Roper, United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi in Gulfport, on Friday, February 15.

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