Lawton Police Department searches for two men involved in alleged kidnapping
LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - The Crime Stoppers of Southwest Oklahoma is asking for the public’s help in locating two Lawton men, accused of kidnapping a Ride share Driver in Lawton last week.
According to Lawton Police, David Jon Simmons III’s girlfriend ordered a ride for him through the Lyft app late last month.
When the driver got there, two men ended up getting into the car, Simmons, and Augustin Suarez-Oliver.
When the Lyft driver pulled up to their requested drop-off destination, on 22nd street, a gunshot was fired from an unknown location, outside of the vehicle, but in the direction of where they were parked.
At that point, the victim told investigators that Oliver pressed, what the victim believed to be, the barrel of a gun into the back of his head, and ordered the driver to take them to a different location.
According to court documents, that’s when Oliver pointed a handgun out of the rear passenger window of the vehicle, and fired the gun multiple times.
The victim told investigators that he feared for his life, and tried getting out of the car.
At that point, the victim told investigators that Oliver held, what the victim believed to be, the barrel of a gun to the back of his head and ordered the driver to take them to a different location, or he would be shot.
When they arrived, both Simmons and Oliver exited without any further issue, and the victim called police.
Simmons is facing three charges, including possession of a firearm after felony conviction, kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
Oliver also faces those kidnapping charges, plus reckless conduct with a firearm. At this time, neither of the men are in custody.
If you have information that could lead to their arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward by calling Crime Stoppers of Southwest Oklahoma, at (580) 355-4636.
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