TEN YEAR OLD Boy Abducted and Brutalized, Suspects in Custody

Thursday, August 16th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Tulsa police credit a 10-year-old boy's eye for detail and a Crime Stoppers tip with the arrest of two people accused of kidnapping the child and assaulting him.

Officers arrested Keith Nelson Thursday afternoon as he prepared to board a bus for Kansas City, Mo. Nelson, 31, had an outstanding child-endangerment arrest warrant in Kansas City in a case involving his daughter, Detective Liz Eagan said.

Police took Melissa Ann Jordan, 19, of Dibble into custody at 6:15 p.m., Officer Lucky Lamons said.

The 10-year-old boy was taken from his neighborhood about 11 a.m. Wednesday. A man who accused the child of stealing his stereo grabbed him and pulled him into a red car that was driven by a woman, the boy told police.

The woman drove around while the man punched, bit and threatened to kill the child, Eagan said. After driving for nearly an hour, stopping briefly twice, they made the boy get out of the car.

He walked to a business, where employees called police and EMSA personnel treated the child for his injuries.

The boy told investigators that he had seen the man before but did not know his name, she said.

Police received a Crime Stoppers tip Thursday morning, naming the suspect and his home address. The address the tipster gave police was one of the locations where the boy had been taken by his abductors.

``Based on that information, we got a photo from Sapulpa police from when he (Nelson) was arrested last year in their city,'' Eagan said. ``Our victim positively identified him from the picture.''

Police think Nelson was trying to flee when he was caught. He was arrested at the Greyhound bus station.

Officers learned the identity of the woman and had arranged for her to talk to police about the case, Eagan said.

``From all indications, this is just what the victim said _ that this was about a larceny of a stereo,'' Eagan said. ``It sounds like anger got the best of these individuals.''

The child told them that he doesn't know anything about the theft of the stereo, Eagan said. Nelson did not report the theft to police.

The boy was recovering Thursday, she said.

``He is a little sore, but he is much more alert, and he did an excellent job giving more details and information,'' she said.