OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — The men accused of kidnapping an Olive Branch teen appeared in a Desoto County courtroom on Tuesday.
Juan Andrade and Jason St. Aubin stood side by side before a judge as their court appointed attorneys asked a judge for a reduced bond. The judge ultimately refused, citing the seriousness of the crime and the fact that it could carry up to 30 years in jail if convicted.
Both subjects kept their $600,000 bond.
According to police, both Andrade and St. Aubin lured a 14-year-old to Illinois by communicating through a popular gaming app called Discord.
The teen was found safe several days after he was reported missing on August 1. He has since returned home.
Olive Branch investigators are piecing together exactly what happened while the teen was with the men and say more charges could be leveled against Andrade and St. Aubin.
"We want our citizens to know that we are here for them, that we are going to take care of these issues in our city and are going to stand up for our children and their families. We will not tolerate this type of behavior," William Cox, with the Olive Branch Police Department, said.
Meanwhile, police say this case should be an eye-opener to parents to pay close attention to who their children are talking to.
"It's so important for parents to take an active roll in their child's activities. We should make sure that we as parents know what they're doing, that we talk to them about it, that we are engaged with them and that we don't allow anything to come between an open conversation with us and our children," Cox said.
Both suspects are scheduled to be back for a possible preliminary hearing next week.