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Kentucky State Police Investigate Robbery and Kidnapping

Date of News Release: 03/15/2011

(Grand Rivers, Ky.) -- Two people are behind bars after a Kentucky State Police investigation into an alleged kidnapping and robbery. At approximately 1:15 AM on Tuesday morning, Kentucky State Police and the Livingston County Sheriff's office received a complaint of a robbery and assault in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. The alleged victim stated that she had asked two acquaintances to drive her from a residence in Livingston County to her home in Paducah. The victim stated that the two drove her through Paducah and then to LBL. She stated that she was then forced out of a Chrysler Sebring before being robbed and sexually abused. The victim told police that the individuals involved were traveling north on KY 453 headed towards I-24. A Livingston County deputy spotted the vehicle exiting LBL and attempted to make a traffic stop. State Police were notified and successfully stopped the vehicle on US 62 east of Interstate 24.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as 39-year-old Eddie Styers Jr. of Symsonia. The passenger was identified as 18-year-old Samantha Ellison of Clay. Troopers and officers located evidence linking both to the robbery including $1600.00 in cash. State Police arrested both individuals for their alleged rolls in the incident along with other charges.

Eddie Styers was charged with Kidnapping, Robbery 2nd Degree, Sexual Abuse 1st Degree, Speeding, Fleeing and Evading Police, No Seatbelt, and No Insurance. Styers was also served with a warrant out of Marshall County for Theft by Deception. Samantha Ellison was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, Facilitation to Kidnapping, Possession of Marijuana, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Styers and Ellison were lodged in the McCracken County Jail. The Kentucky State Police were assisted by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office. The investigation is ongoing by Trooper Eric Fields with the Kentucky State Police.

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