Man pleads not guilty to kidnapping and abduction

By Nick Walton - [email protected]



A man accused of kidnapping two people was ordered to remain on electronic monitoring after pleading not guilty to multiple charges last week.

A Champaign County grand jury indicted Dakota W. Bailey, 19, of 4994 Burton Road, North Lewisburg, last Thursday in relation to alleged incidents that took place on Nov. 24.

According to a Champaign County Sheriff’s Office court statement filed in the Champaign County Municipal Court, deputies responded to an incident involving a teenage victim the evening of Nov. 24. The victim reported that less than an hour earlier he was walking in North Lewisburg when he observed a parked vehicle.

The occupants of the vehicle reportedly told him to get into the vehicle. The victim then reported he was taken to a farm where Bailey and another person threatened to kill him and placed a gun to his head before assaulting him.

The victim stated Bailey kept asking where marijuana valued at $4,000 was. At one point Bailey reportedly showed him a hole that was dug in the ground and told him that was where he and other people were going to set the victim on fire and bury him.

On the same date, the sheriff’s office responded to a residence in reference to a similar incident in which a second victim had been assaulted and a gun was stuck to his head. This victim reported he was a passenger in a vehicle when Bailey reportedly reached over a third back seat and put him in a chokehold.

The victim reported he was struck several times in the face and a gun was placed at his head. He advised Bailey placed a shotgun against his head and made threats to kill him if he did not return the same drugs. The victim also reported Bailey threatened him to have money or the drugs by the next morning or he would be killed.

On Nov. 25, Bailey was stopped during a traffic stop where law enforcement found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a vehicle he was driving.

The grand jury indicted Bailey on four counts of kidnapping with a one-year firearm specification and a three-year firearm specification, two counts each of assault, aggravated menacing and possessing criminal tools and one count each of possession of marijuana and illegal use or possession of marijuana drug paraphernalia.

In addition to Bailey, Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi said Tuesday that four juveniles have been charged in the juvenile court for their involvement in the offense.

Bailey pleaded not guilty to the charges last Friday and was placed on house arrest after bond was posted. As part of his bond, Bailey is prohibited from having contact with the victims or his co-defendants and is prohibited from leaving the court-designated residence except for going to court hearings and going to his attorney’s office.


By Nick Walton

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Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.