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Kidnapping ends with one arrest

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

SIKESTON -- A kidnapping Tuesday that led officers with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety on a day-long manhunt, ended with an arrest Tuesday evening in Poplar Bluff.

Tyrone Handberry, 28, of Sikeston, was arrested at a motel in Poplar Bluff Tuesday at about 7 p.m. after he kidnapped his girlfriend, Jacquline Braggs, earlier in the day.

According to reports, Handberry and Braggs began arguing early Tuesday morning. Just after 10 a.m., the argument turned to a kidnapping as Handberry grabbed two knives and hammer and forced Braggs out of the house. Handberry threatened Braggs' 15-year-old daughter that if she called police he would come after her.

Braggs' daughter waited two hours before calling Sikeston DPS who then put out a message to law enforcement agencies to look for the white vehicle Handberry was believed to be driving.

Hanberry was later seen by a clerk at a Super 8 Motel in Poplar Bluff when he tried to check in, but couldn't provide any identification when he attempted to write a check.

The clerk knew of Hanberry from television and alerted Poplar Bluff police. Officers arrived and placed Hanberry in custody until officers from Sikeston DPS arrived. Braggs was found unharmed.

Handberry was transported to Sikeston Tuesday night. Charges are expected to be filed today by the Scott County prosecutor.