Kidnapping for crack goes sour
A Madison man remains in jail after he allegedly attempted to kidnap another man and force him to buy crack cocaine.
According to City of Madison Police Department reports, Jeffery Rivers, 38, faces charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and robbery after he allegedly pulled a knife on a friend and directed him to drive him to an east Madison neighborhood to buy crack.
The 50â€"yearâ€"old male victim told authorities that he was on his way to the Morgan County Dispatch office to purchase a criminal history in order to secure a job when he offered Rivers a ride. The man said after Rivers got into his vehicle Rivers suggested the man use the $30 to buy crack instead.
When the man refused, reports state, Rivers allegedly pulled a knife and told the man if he did not give him his money and drive him to buy crack. The man said as he pulled on East Washington Street he gave Rivers his money at which time, reports state, Rivers allegedly punched the man in the face and told him he was â€œgoing to stab him anyway.â€�
The man said he accelerated the vehicle and told Rivers that if he stabbed him he would wreck the car. The man said he turned left on the Madison byâ€"pass stopped the vehicle and got out. Rivers then allegedly exited the car, threatened to kill the man and walked back towards Madison.
Rivers was spotted by officers near Maxey Lane and Penor Street. After a brief chase, he was detained by officers in a wooded area near Cookhill Road.
Rivers was not granted bond and remains incarcerated at the Morgan County Detention Center.