The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a sixth person in connection with the kidnapping of a Niceville woman.
30-year old Thomas Samuel Bright of 109 Butler Circle in Crestview is charged with one count of kidnapping to inflict bodily harm or terrorize.
The other five are 22-year old Brittany Plitt, 23-year old Heather Sutton, Bertina Krider and Shannon Yeary, all of Fort Walton Beach, as well as 28-year old Chase Stewart of Destin.
The victim, Bethany Stanley, was kidnapped January 27th. Stanley says she was also bound, beaten, burned with cigarettes and choked while being driven around Okaloosa County. She also says she had a rag placed in her mouth while water was poured over her face, and told she would be killed and dumped on the side of the road.
Deputies were able to track down Plitt’s truck and rescued Stanley January 28th from Stewart’s home on Calhoun Drive in Destin.
The woman also says during the kidnapping, she had been taken to a home in north Okaloosa County where a man ran a saw by her face, terrorizing her.
Investigators were able to develop Bright as a suspect. Bright’s live-in girlfriend, Kim Fowler, told the OCSO that she was home with Bright on the night of the kidnapping when Sutton and another girl she knew as Sutton’s girlfriend arrived in a white pick-up truck at their home
on Butler Circle. She says they brought in a white female who was bound and had a pillowcase over her head. Fowler says she left.
Investigators have charged Bright with kidnapping based on the fact that he knew the victim was being held against her will and was being tortured during this time, and that he allowed them to keep her at the home while they continued to terrorize her.