Two arrested for kidnapping, robbery

Samantha Ellison (Source: Kentucky State Police Dept.)
Samantha Ellison (Source: Kentucky State Police Dept.)
Eddie Styers (Source: Kentucky State Police Dept.)
Eddie Styers (Source: Kentucky State Police Dept.)

GRAND RIVERS, KY ( KFVS) - Kentucky State Police arrested two people on kidnapping and robbery charges early Tuesday morning.

Around 1:15 a.m. on Tues. morning, Kentucky State Police and the Livingston County Sheriff's office received a complaint of a robbery and assault in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

The alleged victim stated that she had asked two people to drive her from a residence in Livingston County to her home in Paducah.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Eddie Styers, 39, of Symsonia. The passenger was Samantha Ellison, 18, of Clay.  Troopers and officers located evidence linking both to the robbery including $1,600 in cash.  Styers and Ellison were arrested.

The victim stated that the two drove her through Paducah and then to LBL.  She told police that she was forced out of a Chrysler Sebring before being robbed and sexually abused.

The victim told police that the individuals involved were traveling north on KY 453 headed toward I-24.  A Livingston County deputy spotted the vehicle exiting LBL and attempted to make a traffic stop.

Kentucky State Police were notified and stopped the vehicle on US 62 east of Interstate 24.

Styers was charged with kidnapping, robbery 2nd degree, sexual abuse 1st degree, speeding, fleeing and evading police, no seatbelt, and no insurance.  Styers was also served with a warrant out of Marshall County for theft by deception.

Ellison was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, facilitation to kidnapping, possession of marijuana, and tampering with physical evidence.

Styers and Ellison were taken to the McCracken County Jail.  The Kentucky State Police were assisted by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.

The investigation is ongoing with the Kentucky State Police.

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