2 Dallas men kidnapped in Victoria, beaten; 1 arrest made (VIDEO)
July 26, 2013 at 2:26 a.m.
Two Dallas men were carjacked, beaten and left in a field early Monday morning.
One man was arrested in the incident, but the Victoria County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking for three more suspects in connection with the aggravated kidnapping.
Deputies responded about 3 a.m. Monday to a call about a carjacking near U.S. Highway 59 and state Highway 185.
At the scene, they found two men severely beaten, said Jenni Wright, sheriff's office investigator in charge.
The men, both in their early 30s, were passing through Victoria on their way to Corpus Christi in the pursuit of new jobs when they stopped at a convenience store in the 300 block of North Navarro Street, Wright said.
They were lost and looking for directions. After making small talk with four men in a white car, who also were looking for directions, they left.
Two blocks later, assuming they were once again lost, the men attempted to make a U-turn and found themselves blocked by the white car.
The men were kidnapped at gunpoint, severely beaten and left in a field with their car: Their keys, cellphones and personal belongings were gone, Wright said.
Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor said a crime of this nature is not typical in Victoria and could not remember the last time a similar incident took place.
"You don't see this in Victoria," he said. "We don't know what possessed them to do this."
Video surveillance at the convenience store captured both the white car and the suspects, which led investigators to make an arrest Monday afternoon.
Bobby Ray Carter Jr., 31, of Victoria, was arrested at 1:08 p.m. Monday by deputies on a warrant charging him with resisting arrest, search or transport and aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping and engaging in organized criminal activity, according to the Victoria County Jail media report.
Carter was arrested wearing the same clothing pictured in the surveillance video, Wright said.
Investigators continue their search for the three other suspects.
"No question, we will find them," O'Connor said. "Either they find us first or we find them."