BCSO: Women Used Baseball Bat and Machete in Kidnapping

Panama City, Fla. - Two local women are now facing kidnapping charges after allegedly forcing a woman into their vehicle with an aluminum baseball bat and a machete, Bay County Sheriff's Deputies wrote in a news release.

On Wednesday, at about 10:30 pm, the Bay County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the Springfield Police Department in reference to a kidnapping that began as an argument in Springfield but is believed to have occurred out of their jurisdiction.

Deputies responded and spoke with the victim, who stated she had been in a verbal altercation with two sisters from a family in Springfield on Everett Avenue earlier in the evening. The victim stated she left the area to remove herself from the situation and went to a friend's home in Cedar Grove. According to the victim and witnesses in the home, the two sisters from the family involved in the argument arrived at the residence in Cedar Grove and got out of their vehicle armed with a baseball bat and a machete.

The sisters were identified as Aime Crenshaw and Dena West.

Statements from witnesses at the home corroborated the victim's statement that Crenshaw and West threatened the victim and forced her to return to the family's home and apologize. After the victim apologized, Crenshaw and West put the victim back into their vehicle and started driving towards a park in St. Andrew to "deal with her," deputies wrote


The victim was able to jump from their vehicle when traffic forced them to slow down. She ran to a nearby business and went in, begging for help and explaining the situation.

Investigators were able to locate Aime Crenshaw in the early Thursday morning at her Huntingdon Drive home. She initially denied her involvement until witnesses corroborated the victim's statements. Crenshaw then admitted to being armed and removing the victim from the residence while acting in a forceful, threatening manner.

Dena West was located later that day and arrested. Both women were charged with kidnapping and taken to the Bay County Jail.

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