Police say a Lucedale man held a woman and her child hostage over the weekend, threatening to kill them if they left the couch.
Police restrained John Douglas II and rescued the 8-year-old boy after the mother slipped out of the house and went to the Lucedale Police Department, Detective Nirina Evans said in a press release on Tuesday.
Officers arrested Douglas, 40, at the home in the 200 block of Oak Street.
The boy had bruises on his legs and face and the mother also had injuries. Their injuries were not life-threatening, Evans said.
Police have given no motive for the kidnapping, but said the woman got out of the house and went to the police department about 7:31 a.m. Sunday.
The mother reported Douglas threatened to kill her and her son if they left the couch, and said he threatened to stab them and bury them together if they didn’t obey him, Evans said.
Police found a rope with a slipknot on the couch and a clump of hair.
Child Protective Services sent a social worker to meet with the mother and son at the police department, Evans said.
Douglas is being held at the George County Regional Correctional Facility on two counts of kidnapping and one count each of child abuse and domestic assault.
Anyone with information that can help in the investigation is asked to call the police department at 601-947-3261.