Three suspects were charged on Tuesday with kidnapping Daisy McCrackin, an actor and musician who appeared in Halloween: Resurrection, and fellow actor Joseph Capone from a Los Angeles home and holding one of them naked in a bathtub for 30 hours, while demanding the other pay a $10,000 ransom, prosecutors said.
Keith Andre Stewart, Johntae Jones and Amber Neal were charged with kidnapping, assault with a firearm and another offence in connection with the incident. It was not immediately clear whether they had attorneys who could comment on the allegations.
Neal’s arrest at gunpoint by Los Angeles police officers on Monday was captured on video by a bystander and has been viewed more than 2.4m times on Twitter.
Prosecutors allege the trio went to McCrackin’s home in South Los Angeles on 3 May, where they say Stewart pistol-whipped Capone. The three then placed bags over the two victims’ heads and drove them several miles to Jones’s home in Compton, where they forced Capone to strip naked and held him in a bathtub for 30 hours without food.
Investigators said Jones and Neal then took McCrackin’s car and drove her to several banks demanding she pay $10,000 for Capone’s release. Eventually she was forced to write a cheque to Neal.
The next day, they brought McCrackin back to her home where she escaped and called police, authorities said.
Jones and Neal were being held on $1m bail each and Stewart was being held on more than $2m bail, according to prosecutors. If convicted, they each face sentences of up to life in prison.