A Claxton husband and wife were arrested SundayÂ after a robbery and prostitution investigation in Benâ€™s Mobile Home Park off Edgemoor Road, authorities said.
Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, deputies were called toÂ meet with a 32-year-old victim who said he had been robbed at gunpoint at a mobileÂ home on Queen Street after replying to a Backpage.com advertisement for escortÂ services, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release. The victim told deputies he had met a female at the residence, and after a shortÂ time a male entered, brandished a handgun, and robbed him of cash, the press release said.
He was then tiedÂ up and left in a bedroom, authorities said. The victim was able to free himself and flee out a window.
Deputies responded and, after an investigation, the two residents of the mobile home,Â Lindsay Elaine Pressley, 26, and her husband, Richard Paul Pressley, 29, were bothÂ charged with several felony offenses related to the robbery as well as prostitution.
Both are being held in the Anderson CountyÂ Detention Facility with bonds pending their arraignments.
“After further investigation, it is believed Lindsay Pressley and Richard Pressley haveÂ been involved in other prior robberies of a similar nature,” Sheriff Paul White said in the press release. “However, no past victims haveÂ come forward or been cooperative with law enforcement.”
The Anderson County Sheriffâ€™s Department is asking for anyone who may have been aÂ victim of Lindsay Pressley or Richard Pressley to contact Investigator Rodney Minor ofÂ the Criminal Investigations Unit at (865) 457-6255, extension 144, or the Sheriffâ€™sÂ Communications Center at (865) 457-2414.
Richard and Linda Pressley have both been charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, felony property theft, promoting prostitution, and criminal conspiracy. Richard Pressley has also been charged with possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
The Sheriff’s Department said the case remains under investigation.
More information will be added as itÂ becomes available.
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