New details in Lufkin bookstore owner kidnapping-for-hire plot

New details in Lufkin bookstore owner kidnapping-for-hire plot
Source: Lufkin PD
Source: Lufkin PD

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - New details tonight in the arrest of the Lufkin bookstore owner accused in a kidnapping-for-hire plot.

Saturday morning Lufkin police arrested 47-year-old Jason McLaughlin following a month-long investigation into what they say was his attempt to have a man kidnapped.

In a 9-page affidavit, authorities spell out McLaughlin's alleged plans.

Due to the sensitivity of this case, KTRE cannot release many of those details, but here's what we can say:

Authorities say McLaughlin hired someone to kidnap a man and bring him from Louisiana to Texas.

Once here in Texas, authorities say McLaughlin had plans to kill the kidnapped man himself.

And the victim in all of this is McLaughlin's ex-wife's current boyfriend.

This all comes following a month-long investigation with the help of Lufkin-PD and even FBI investigators.

It also comes just two weeks to the day after we spoke to McLaughlin about the opening of his new store, 'The Thrifty Book Nut'.

"I want to be able to serve the people of Lufkin as well as all of Angelina County. There's a lot of surrounding towns, Zavalla, Huntington. All of those towns and I tried to pick a location that was not only memorable and people would be able to find me easy," Jason McLaughlin, on September 14, 2014.

McLaughlin remains in the Angelina County jail tonight on Criminal Solicitation and Aggravated Kidnapping charges.

A bond of one-hundred-thousand dollars has been set.

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