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Two charged in kidnapping, death of St. Pauls man

Posted April 13, 2014
Updated April 14, 2014

Jaquan C. Peterson, left, and Joel Thornton

— The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with the death of an 18-year-old whose body was found on Fort Bragg last week.

Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said in a statement Sunday that Tayvon Joseph McMillan was lured to the Somerset subdivision off Hobson Road in Raeford on April 4 and attacked by several people before he was taken to Fort Bragg, where he was killed.

His body was found April 6 off Plank Road, a day after he was reported missing.

Joel Thornton, 23, and Jaquan C. Peterson, 19, both of the 100 block of Utah Street in Raeford, were each charged with first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony conspiracy, assault with a deadly weapon and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Both were held on $1 million secured bonds.

“Investigators have uncovered pertinent information that is vital to the ongoing criminal investigation,” Peterkin said. “The investigation continues and additional arrests are expected.”

He did not say what evidence led to the arrests of the men. His office is working with Bragg investigators, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office on the case.

McMillan lived in St. Pauls, about 20 miles away from where his body was found.

His mother, Sharonda McMillan, said she last saw her son about 7:15 p.m. the night he disappeared. He told her he was going to see his girlfriend in Fayetteville.

She said her son was a good man with no police record who attended Fayetteville Technical Community College.


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  • tobywilliamson1973 Apr 14, 2014

    Sorry editors, but murder is not listed in your article as a charge. Need a new headline that is correct.

  • 678devilish Apr 14, 2014

    May justice be served. But both should get the exact same reward. There should absolutely be no difference.

  • Michael Clay Apr 14, 2014
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    The one the hightest bond could have been arrested many times before and might have a history of jumping bail. At any rate, I'm sure they have their reasons.

  • Jump1 Apr 14, 2014

    Why the big difference in bond, they are both charge with the same crime?