Mississippi Highway Patrol State Troopers located two kidnapping victims and arrested the kidnapping suspect following a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 72 near Corinth on Saturday.
Tony L. Lanier Sr., 44, of Cooter, Mo., was arrested and transported to the Alcorn County Jail, according to MHP. The victims, Krista Trapp and her 10-month-old daughter, Braelee Trapp, were transported to the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office, where a victims advocate assisted with their needs.
At approximately 2:42 p.m., a state trooper received information of a vehicle traveling westbound on U.S. 72 being driven by a possible wanted suspect. The trooper made contact with a vehicle and driver that matched the information traveling westbound on U.S. 72 near County Road 278. After observing the driver was not wearing a seat belt and the tag information did not match the vehicle, the trooper initiated a traffic stop with the assistance of a second state trooper and two Alcorn County deputies.
After confirming the driver was the suspect and upon further investigation, the troopers found two occupants in the vehicle who had been kidnapped by the suspect. Agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation also responded to the scene.
“Because this trooper was alert and thorough, a mother and her child were rescued and a dangerous criminal has been taken off our highways,” said Colonel Randy Ginn, director of MHP.
Lanier had an active arrest warrant in Tennessee for kidnapping and a second active arrest warrant in Missouri for parole violations and is awaiting extradition to Tennessee. The investigation is ongoing.