Houston & Peach

Houston County grand jury indicts two men in kidnapping case

PERRY -- A Houston County grand jury on Tuesday indicted two men in connection with the March kidnapping of a 74-year-old Bonaire woman who escaped by jumping out of her sport utility vehicle.

Larry Dean Marchant, 32, of Abbeville, and Joshua Troy Moore, 40, of Warner Robins, both were indicted on charges of armed robbery, kidnapping and burglary.

Marchant also was indicted on a theft-by-taking charge for allegedly stealing the woman’s 2007 Lexus RX350.

About 2 p.m. March 19, Patsy Joiner was taking out her trash behind her Wisteria Drive home when she was surprised by a man wearing a ski mask, camouflage shirt and pants and blue gloves. The man, later identifed as Marchant, allegedly flashed a black pistol at her, according to Houston County sheriff’s investigators.

Marchant told her to get in her vehicle and forced her to drive to at least two banks in failed attempts to withdraw money at drive-thru windows.

Marchant then told her to her to drive back to her home. She jumped out of her vehicle when stopped in heavy traffic at an intersection on Ga. 247 near her residence. Other motorists helped Joiner as Marchant sped away in her vehicle.

Joiner’s ordeal lasted two hours. She was not hurt.

Moore is accused of dropping Marchant off at Joiner’s home and then picking him up later after Marchant abandoned the woman’s vehicle in Warner Robins.

Investigators tied a white Ford F-150 pickup that Moore was driving to the kidnapping after he was pulled over during a routine traffic stop.

Moore was arrested on a drug possession charge, and his truck was impounded. The investigation then linked Moore to the kidnapping and armed robbery.

The men made off with a large handmade blanket, Joiner’s purse and her cell phone.

Joiner was credited by sheriff’s investigators for keeping her wits about her and thwarting Marchant from gaining access to her finances. Investigators have declined to say how she was able to do that.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.