Police say kidnapped juveniles found in Frayser; suspect caught after house fire


The scene on Riney, where two juveniles said they were held against their will by a man who later burned down the house and was captured.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. —  Memphis Police say two teenagers who were being held against their will in Frayser were found after they escaped a house and called for help.

The suspect burned down a nearby house as police closed in and was captured.

Police said two juveniles, a boy and girl, flagged down someone at a Save-A-Lot grocery on Frayser Boulevard and said they'd been held against their will at a house nearby. That person alerted police.

At least one of the teens had been cut, and both were taken to a hospital in non-critical condition. Officials said they were doing OK.

Police went to a house on Riney, about 700 feet from the grocery, where they say a man answered the door but refused to let them in.

The suspect then set a fire in the living room while he was inside. It spread into the attic and through the roof. Fire crews responded just before noon, and police said at least one animal died in the fire.

"The fire department came and did what the fire department does. They were able to get the fire extinguished pretty quick, and so we got the juveniles. They're at the hospital and doing okay. And we have the suspect in custody," Louis Brownlee, with the Memphis Police Department, said.

He was detained at the house, and will be identified once he is charged, police said.

-- Peter Fleischer contributed


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