Two Florida convicts accused of kidnapping a Florida teenager were arrested Wednesday after Utah Highway Patrol troopers detained them near Santaquin, Utah County.
The pair escaped from the Marion Correction Institute in Lowell, Fla., on Jan. 3, and allegedly kidnapped Ted Siegel, 16, a high school honor student, in his car the next day, the FBI said. They allegedly forced the teenager to be their driver during an 11-day robbery spree.Patrick Hughes Paige, 21, of Ocala, Fla., and Anthony James Cokley, 23, of St. Petersburg, Fla., are being held in the Utah County Jail. Both were scheduled to be arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Ronald Boyce at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
FBI agent Robert M. Bryant said Paige and Cokley were first stopped just south of Lehi at 12:52 p.m. Wednesday for possession of faulty Maryland license plates. They were released when a check of the license number turned up no warrants for the car.
"Through a series of fortunate events, Utah Highway Patrol officers made direct contact with FBI agents in Maryland, who were in the process of interviewing the same registered (car) owner about the current whereabouts of Paige and Cokley," Bryant said.
UHP authorities were notified that the men driving the car were wanted and they were instructed to arrest the men. Troopers located the duo shortly thereafter on I-15 near Santaquin and detained them for the FBI.
Paige and Cokley were arrested on federal fugitive warrants and face charges of kidnapping and interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle.