Woman faces kidnapping charge after Good Samaritan tied up and left in hotel

Tiffany Lea Richmond
Tiffany Lea Richmond

The man accused of kidnapping and robbing a Good Samaritan at knifepoint didn’t tie him up alone, a Harrison County sheriff’s investigator said.

Tiffany Richmond, 33, of Gulfport, was in a hotel room at the Legacy Inn on Canal Road when Ernest Leffew tied up the victim a second time, and they left in the man’s vehicle, Lt. Coley Judy said.

Leffew had asked a man who was leaving a church on 28th Street for a ride on Sept. 24, according to initial reports.

The man left Leffew at a laundromat and later returned to bring him a sandwich. Leffew then asked for a ride to Beatline Road, but Leffew robbed him and forced him to drive to ATMs and Walmart to withdraw money, Judy said. Leffew reportedly tied the man up in woods off Beatline, but then took the man to the hotel, where he tied up the man again.

Deputies had questioned Richmond at the hotel, and said that helped them identify Leffew.

“She was in the hotel room when the victim was tied up and she never said a word about it when we questioned her,” Judy said.

Deputies found the stolen vehicle later Sept. 24 at a hotel on U.S. 49 in Gulfport. Investigators learned Richmond and Leffew had rented a room at that hotel as well, Judy said.

Deputies arrested Richmond on Wednesday.

She was being held at the Harrison County jail on a $100,000 bond set by Justice Court Brandon Ladner.

Richmond and Leffew, 45, each face a kidnapping charge. Deputies also arrested Leffew on an armed robbery charge.

Leffew is held with no bond on two probation warrants. He is on probation on conviction of embezzlement from a 2016 arrest and a felony shoplifting conviction from an arrest earlier this year.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews