A seemingly harmless woman, Amber Neal, was held at gunpoint by five police officers during a dramatic traffic stop in California. A story even more shocking has emerged, revealing the woman was allegedly involved in the kidnapping of two Los Angeles actors.
It sounds like a scene out of a Hollywood movie: Two actors, captured for a ransom scheme, pistol-whipped and dragged into a car, leaving behind only a trail of blood, read a DailyMail report.
Daisy McCrackin and Joseph Capone were allegedly kidnapped from McCrackin’s home on May 3, 2017 by Keith Andre Stewart and Johnate Jones.
Amber Neal who was arrested at the Inglewood Starbucks on Monday, was also allegedly involved.
The kidnappers Stewart and Jones allegedly pistol-whipped Capone and dragged him to a car before forcing McCrackin in as well and covering both of their heads with black hoods.
They drove to Jones’ home in Compton, where Capone was tortured for 30 hours, according to New York Daily News. Compton was allegedly stripped naked, beaten, punched, kicked, and held in a bathroom without food for more than a day. He was also allegedly assaulted with a ‘semiautomatic’ firearm by Stewart.
Meanwhile, Neal allegedly drove Daisy to multiple Bank of Americas and forced her to write a $10,000 cheque for his release. They demanded she pay $10,000 for Capone’s release and she wrote a check to Neal, who deposited the money into her personal account, prosecutors said, as per a report in DailyMail.
Jones and Neal then allegedly took McCrackin back to her home and stole her car. McCrackin immediately called for help. Stewart and Jones were taken into custody, but Neal was not arrested until Monday morning.
Video filmed by a bystander shows Neal emerging from her car with her hands up and walking backwards toward the armed officers before laying on the ground. After the video was shared an onslaught of outrage was quickly directed at the Los Angeles Police Department from citizens who claimed police heightened their response because the woman was black.
In response the LAPD released a statement saying they were aware the video ‘had raised concerns from the community’.
‘Although we are limited in what info we can release, we can confirm this individual was arrested on a felony kidnapping warrant and taken into custody without a use-of-force,’ the statement read. ‘She is being held on $1million bail.’
On Tuesday the LAPD confirmed that Neal was one of three persons charged with kidnapping the actors and holding Capone for ransom.
Neal, Jones, and Stewart have all been charged with 17 felony counts that include kidnapping, assault with a firearm, grand theft, mayhem, conspiracy, and possession for sale of methamphetamine. Jones and Neal have also been charged with perjury after they allegedly tried to declare that McCrackin’s Lexus was a ‘gift’ to them.
Jones is being held on $3million bail and Stewart is being held on $2million bail. All three suspects face life in prison if convicted. The grand jury indictment was unsealed by the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday.
Daisy McCrackin is known for her role in Jane the Virgin, Halloween: Resurrection, and She Rises.