The escape of a person from the trunk of a moving car on the Southern State Parkway in August sparked a nine-month investigation that led State Police to arrest two Freeport men, officials said Friday.
The victim escaped from the moving car in the eastbound lanes of the parkway west of the exit for Straight Path, Exit 36, during the Aug. 14 incident, according to a news release and court records.
State troopers stationed in Brentwood arrested Ramiek S. Jackson, 21, and Maurice Collins, 20, police said. Both were charged with second-degree kidnapping, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree assault, and third-degree assault, police said. Jackson was also charged with fourth-degree promoting prostitution.
Jackson was arrested on April 27 and Collins on May 17, according to court records. Both were arraigned in Nassau County Supreme Court, police said.
Bail was set for Jackson at $250,000 cash or bond and at $75,000 bond or $50,000 cash for Collins, according to court records. Collins and Jackson both have court-appointed attorneys, court records show.
Jackson pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on May 15. He is due back in court on May 30.
Collins pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on May 17. He is due back in court on May 31.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misidentified the victim.