3 teens arrested in plot to accost Stratford student
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- Police say a plot to kidnap a Lowcountry student was stopped before it could start.
According to a Goose Creek police report, dark clothes, guns, knives and cable ties were all part of the alleged plot to kidnap the teen, at Stratford High School. One of the teens accused is the one police say told them about the elaborate plan. Three teens are now under arrest, two of them are students at Stratford High.
Terry and Angela Bowden say the plot against their son Taylor began two weeks ago, when his car was vandalized at the high school. At a court hearing last Friday, the Bowdens realized how serious it was.
"We found out they were involved in a conspiracy to kidnap our son and cause him bodily harm," says Terry Bowden.
According to the police report, 17-year-old Patrick Coxe, and two other juvenile suspects, had collected guns, magazines, knives and cable ties. The report says the teens also had access to a grenade launcher and a shotgun.
The Bowdens say the teens were going to kidnap Taylor at the high school.
"The judge was saying they had plans to lure Taylor to the bathroom, and the boy was going to pull the fire alarm so they could escape," Angela Bowden says.
Officers say one of the suspects told investigators there were plans to fire off blanks to scare Taylor.
Even before Angela Bowden got details of the plot, a security guard was escorting her son to class. She found out why, when Coxe and the other suspects appeared in court for a bond hearing.
"It was very shocking, we were very upset, I had to be escorted out of the courtroom," she says.
Coxe and the juveniles are charged with stalking and conspiracy to kidnap, as well as conspiracy to commit a crime.
The Bowdens are just thankful their son is safe.
"They were trying to prevent another Columbine from happening in Goose Creek," says Terry Bowden. "If they hadn't stepped in, it very well could've escalated into that."
The Bowdens say their son's ex-girlfriend was involved in the kidnapping plot.
As for the students involved, Berkeley County schools say they will not comment on any disciplinary action.