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Demarcus Marquis Dawson.

Opelika police have arrested a second person charged in connection to a social media video showing what police believe are the suspects kidnapping a man, tying him to a chair and lighting the ground underneath him on fire.

Demarcus Marquis Dawson was arrested Friday on warrants charging him with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree attempted assault and attempting to flee law enforcement, police said. 

During investigation, officials learned Dawson may have assisted Kenderick Omar Hill in kidnapping and assaulting a 31-year-old male victim Tuesday in Opelika, police said Friday morning.

Hill, 30, of Auburn, was arrested Wednesday and is charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree attempted assault and attempting to flee law enforcement.

The Opelika Police Department was made aware of an incident that was going viral on social media at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“The video showed a man tied to a chair who apparently had been assaulted. There had been a fire set under the chair,” a previous release from Opelika police reads.

Opelika police officers recognized the area shown in the video and responded to the dead-end of Morgan Avenue off South Long Street.

Upon arrival, officers located a 31-year-old male victim still tied to the chair.

A suspect was still on the scene and fled the area once officers arrived. The officers pursued the suspect but were unable to locate him, police said.

Medical assistance was called, and the victim was taken to East Alabama Medical Center.

Police obtained warrants for first-degree kidnapping, first-degree attempted assault and attempting to flee law enforcement for Hill.

Opelika detectives arrested Hill on the warrants at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Opelika with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force. 


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