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Authorities: Brothers kidnapped, pistol-whipped Hoke residents

Posted December 11, 2012

— Two Red Springs brothers were arrested Monday after three people were kidnapped and beaten for information, authorities said Tuesday.

James Ray Bullard, 37, and Danny Ray Bullard, 32, both of 1310 Mount Zion Road, were charged with armed robbery, first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. They were being held in the Hoke County jail under $1 million bonds.

A man and a woman were abducted from a house on North Lake Road in Hoke County at about 1:30 a.m. Monday night and were forced to drive at gunpoint to another location, where a second man was kidnapped, authorities said. All three were taken to a home in Red Springs, where the two men were pistol-whipped and punched with brass knuckles.

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said the two kidnappers were looking for someone and used the harsh tactics to interrogate the men.

"We do know it was not a a drug-related situation. It was something somebody said – a he-said, she-said type of deal," Peterkin said. "All of this was (fueled by) anger."

Sheriff: Men used harsh tactics to interrogate people Sheriff: Men used harsh tactics to interrogate people

The kidnappers then went to a home on Goose Pond Road in the county, where they tied up a fourth person and beat him for information, authorities said. After they left, that man was able to escape and run to his brother's house for help.

After returning to Red Springs, the kidnappers continued to interrogate the other men, but when they weren't able to get the information they wanted, they let the men and the women go, Peterkin said.

Deputies were able to find the kidnap victims, two of whom had to be taken to hospitals for treatment. Both were recovering at home Tuesday.

Investigators were able to identify the Bullard brothers as suspects in the case and arrested them as they tried to flee during a search of their home. A cache of weapons, drugs and other evidence was seized during the search, authorities said.


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  • lilshychic323 Dec 13, 2012

    the guy that they were looking for and his friends have done a lot of things that would make this look not so big of a deal.

  • lilshychic323 Dec 13, 2012

    They were apart of it and it was his house they were at. I may not agree with what they did but I think the whole story should be told not just half

  • michaelclay Dec 13, 2012

    lilshychic323, if the people they kidnapped and beat up didn't have anything thing to do with burning their sister's house I can judge them. If they had done this to the one that did the burning I could feel some sympathy for them but they get no sympathy from me for kidnapping and assaulting innocent people.

  • lilshychic323 Dec 13, 2012

    I think its funny how the whole story is not told

  • lilshychic323 Dec 13, 2012

    These guys may have went about things the wrong way but the person they were looking for burnt down their sisters house and has burnt other peoples house and nothing has happen to him so if you dont no what mad then do this then you can't judge them

  • Sherlock Dec 13, 2012

    Sheriff said it was not about drugs, yet they found drug, weapons in the house...

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 12, 2012

    They need to be put into prison for a very, very long time. How about 50 years. There in prison they will not be so bad and they will have to follow all rules and regulations or face the consequences right then and there. There will be no waiting on that.

  • lwe1967 Dec 11, 2012

    Lock them up and throw away the key. Perhaps the same punishment should be used on them also. These are two low life POS.

  • andrewthomasregan Dec 11, 2012

    Notice how they didn't hurt the woman but the men were pistol whipped and hit with brass knuckles. This should be tried as a hate crime. If it was the other way around, it would be.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 11, 2012

    @No assault, kidnapping, or attempted murder charges?

    Glass Half Full
    December 11, 2012 1:47 p.___________Wondering the same thing? I guess that acceptable behavior in that part of the state.