Victim in truck-driver kidnapping, ransom scheme had ties to Memphis, records show

Memphis, Tenn. — The FBI is seeking the public’s help in finding victims in a cross-country kidnapping and ransom scheme and at least one of the victims involved disappeared from Memphis, according to a lawsuit in the Western District of Tennessee Western District court.

According to the court documents, truck driver Brian Summerson kidnapped women under the direction of Pierre Washington, owner of God Got Me LLC..

The records state that the 35-year-old Summerson kidnapped women, often physically assaulting them in the process, and took them across state lines to work for Washington as prostitutes.

The courts said that, if the women refused to work as prostitutes, Summerson would hold them for ransom.

On January 28, 2020, officials said that Summerson kidnapped a woman in Georgia and took her to South Carolina. While in South Carolina, records show that Summerson contacted a person in Memphis to make a ransom demand for the victim.

The FBI said that when meeting potential victims Summerson would tell women his name is Von or Vaughn.

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.