Suspected kidnappers’ case connected to Memphis; FBI seeks potential victims

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WRBL) – The FBI is releasing information on two over the road truck drivers suspected of kidnapping women along their routes and holding them for ransom and asking for the public’s help in identifying potential victims.

Brian T. Summerson, 25, of Dillon, S.C., and Pierre L, Washington, 35, of Chicago are both under arrest and were indicted in Memphis last month.

The indictment suggests that at least one of the victims is connected to Memphis. The document states the victim was taken from Georgia to South Carolina, and ransom demands were made to someone in Memphis.

An FBI spokesperson in Nashville said Summerson has spent time in the Memphis area.  

Summerson is charged with Battery Cause Bodily Harm, False Imprisonment, and Tampering with a Witness Calling 911. Washington’s charges relate to an ongoing investigation.

The FBI says Summerson’s  route took him on I-95 from New Jersey to Miami, Chicago and Kansas City, Missouri. Washington’s route is unknown at this time. 

An investigation turned up photographs, videos and text communications of additional women on Summerson’s electronic devices and electronic accounts. 

Whitney Fullerton is with “Lisieux Community” in Memphis, an organization that helps women who have been victimized by prostitution.

“Men know that they can make easy money off of women,” Fullerton said, “The beatings are daily. The trauma is daily. It’s trauma on top of trauma on top of trauma on top of trauma and once you’ve been so traumatized and so beaten down it’s getting harder and harder and harder to keep hope alive.”

If you have any information concerning this case, or if you believe you are a victim or may have been affected by these alleged crimes, please provide your contact information via email to truckervictims@fbi.gov so that an investigator can contact you. 

If you need help regarding someone who might be a victim of prostitution, you can contact “Lisieux Community” at 901-800-8840.

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