Crestview father, daughter speak out on teens' attempted kidnapping plot
CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WEAR) —
A Crestview father and daughter that foiled a group of teens' attempted kidnapping plot is speaking out.
The incident happened back on Tuesday, November 7, at their home on Preservation Path.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said the four teens are now facing charges of attempted kidnapping and attempted home invasion.
The alleged kidnapping plot aimed at 17-year-old Amber Brackney was driving home from her part-time waitressing job when she noticed something didn't feel right.
"I became scared like my life was in danger," she said. "There were three barrels blocking my driveway and I automatically thought 'this is something that would happen in a scary move' someone would get out and you would get taken and something bad happens."
As Amber swerved around the barrels, her father Terry sprang into action.
"I noticed that the floodlight on the front of the house came on," Terry explained. "When I walked out the back door and looked to my right, that's when I saw the two individuals about 15 to 20 feet from me next door, which is the garage door, trying to break in and that's when I yelled at them and fired three shots."
According to investigators, the suspects were allegedly planning on kidnapping Amber by forcing her out of her car, taking her to the house, and subduing her father, who they believed to be wealthy.
"I work seven days a week, I work hard; I own a funeral home and a clothing store here in town and the community has been very good to me over the years," Terry said. "Amber and I were eating supper and we really haven't talked that much about this, but I told her at supper Saturday night, I said 'you know, had these individuals made it inside our house, today would have probably been our funerals.'"
After Terry called 911, deputies tracked down the suspected vehicle and found a trove of potential kidnapping materials including latex gloves, dark clothing, masks, and a roll of tape.
The suspects, four teens who go to the same high school as Amber, are now being charged as adults with attempted kidnapping and attempted home invasion. The teens have been identified by deputies as 19-year-old Keilon Johnson, 17-year-old Austin French, 16-year-old Tyree Johnson, and 15-year-old Kamauri Horn.
The Brackneys are now working on moving forward and reclaiming their sense of security.
"I'm thankful that I'm still here today and alive and that me and my Dad are safe and that their plan didn't succeed," Amber said.