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Two Williamson County men face kidnapping charges

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WILLIAMSON, CO., Ill. -- Two Williamson County men face kidnapping charges, accused of luring a 14-year-old boy away from his home in Mississippi.

Authorities believe the men contacted 14-year-old Aubrey Peal online through a video game messaging app and drove from Illinois to Mississippi to pick him up.

"When they picked him up in Mississippi and brought him across state lines, that's a pretty serious offense," said Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick.

Deputies arrested Juan E. Andrade, 30, and Jason St Aubin, 29, both of Creal Springs, and booked them into Williamson County Jail Tuesday on kidnapping charges out of Mississippi.

"They're in our jail right now, it's my understanding they're going to waive extradition," Vick said.

Police said Aubrey turned himself into the fire station in Lake Of Egypt. He's now reunited with his family but the concerns still surface. It's a situation Vick called terrifying for any parent.

"One minute they're there and next minute they're gone and it's just tragic for the families," Vick said. "I can't imagine what it put the families through."

The parents of Aubrey told the ABC affiliate in Memphis that they thought "he was helping a friend, but instead he was being manipulated for months."

Williamson County officials said it's important to keep a close eye on your children's involvement online, whether it be video games or social media. It's also encouraged to teach your children the risks of communicating online.

"Can't stress enough to how important it is to communicate with your children and you really have to be careful and manage what they're doing on the internet," Vick said. 

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