FBI looking for potential victims in kidnapping and ransom scheme

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The FBI asks for the public’s assistance to find possible victims and additional information about two truck drivers involved in a kidnapping and ransom scheme.

Brian Summerson and Pierre Washington are accused of kidnapping women and demanding ransom money for their release.

Some of their routes possibly take them through the Mid-South.

Summerson, 25, of Dillon, South Carolina, was arrested in Daytona Beach, Florida, for Battery Cause Bodily Harm, False Imprisonment, and Tampering with a Witness Calling 911.

According to the FBI, Summerson is an over the road trucker with a primary route of I-95 from New Jersey to Miami, as well as Chicago, Illinois, and Kansas City, Missouri.

When meeting potential victims, he tells them his name is Von or Vaughn.

Washington, 35, of Chicago, Illinois, owns a trucking company, God Got Me LLC. Washington is also an over the road trucker, but his routes are currently unknown. Washington was arrested in Chicago, Illinois, last month by the FBI in reference to an ongoing investigation.

According to the FBI release, Summerson had photos, videos and texts of additional women on his electronic devices and electronic accounts.

If you have any information concerning this case, or if you believe you are a victim or may have been affected by these alleged crimes, please provide your contact information via email to truckervictims@fbi.gov so that an investigator can contact you.