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 July 6th, 2012  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office charges Todd Stephens and Derrick Bynum in abduction/sexual battery case, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara
 
St. Lucie County Sheriff's detectives are charging two Vero Beach men with the abduction and sexual battery of a St. Lucie County woman, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Late Thursday afternoon, Circuit Court Judge Gary L. Sweet signed arrest warrants for Todd W. Stephens and Derrick Antonio Bynum for two counts of sexual battery by multiple assailants, one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and one count of kidnapping," Sheriff Mascara said. "The two men will be brought to the St. Lucie County jail to face these serious charges."

Stephens, 24, and Bynum, 18, are being held at the Indian River County jail after St. Lucie County deputies and Fort Pierce police officers, assisted by Indian River County deputies, captured the two early Thursday morning just north of the St. Lucie County line.

They are being held there after kidnapping a Fort Pierce woman at gunpoint in her sport utility vehicle late Wednesday night in northern Fort Pierce, driving to a location in unincorporated St. Lucie County, sexually attacking the woman, then abandoning the woman and driving away in her SUV.

Responding Fort Pierce police and Sheriff's deputies began looking for the vehicle which an undercover deputy spotted in the 2800 block of Avenue L, Fort Pierce. Deputies and police officers, assisted by a St. Lucie County Sheriff's helicopter, pursued Stephens and Bynum into southern Indian River County and took them into custody.

Thursday, they were booked into the Indian River County jail where they are now being held.

Bynum, of 1485 21st Avenue S.W., Vero Beach, was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, felony battery on a law officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Stephens, of 663 Fifth Street, S.W., Vero Beach, was charged with resisting arrest without violence, and use of or display of a weapon during the commission of a felony.

The new charges, for which Judge Sweet has signed arrest warrants, will be added to those charges, Sheriff Mascara said.

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