Man accused of kidnapping former roommate over rent money, stealing Church’s chicken

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. —  A Memphis man was arrested after he allegedly kidnapped and threatened to shoot his former roommate over a disagreement before stealing his Church’s chicken.

The victim told police he was walking down Goodwyn Street after having just stopped at Church’s Chicken on Monday when he was suddenly stopped by two men, one of whom was armed with a gun. They took his cellphone and then told him he would have to wait there with them until Courtney Peterson arrived. If he tried to leave, he would be shot.

“They pulled a gun on me. Told me if I didn’t get in the car they were gonna shoot me,” the victim said.

After a brief argument once Peterson arrived, the victim was taken to a home on Huntcliff where he said he was held for two hours. That’s when the suspects allegedly took his debit card and his Church’s chicken.

The victim said he had to help Peterson, two other men and a woman move furniture to another home. He was later dropped off in Orange Mound.

Police say the whole thing was the result of Peterson believing the victim owed him $300 for rent and stolen some of his things.

Peterson was charged with kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, theft of property and  being a convicted felon in possession of a gun.

The victim says he wants Peterson to held accountable as well as the others who were involved.

“I don’t leave the house. I don’t leave the house. I’m scared.”

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