Kidnapping suspect released on bond; victim called police from trunk

Jeremiah Brown

The suspect has posted bond in a kidnapping that led to a victim’s frantic 911 call from a car trunk.

Jeremiah Christopher Brown, 23, of Ravenel, was released Wednesday from the Charleston County Detention Center under a $1,000 bond, according to detention center clerks. He faces charges of criminal domestic violence and kidnapping. Brown was arrested in a November incident during which a woman called 911 on a cell phone from the trunk of a car driving down U.S. 17.

The woman, Brandy Leigh Scott of Ravenel, gave the 911 operator enough details to enable the operator to guide Charleston County sheriff’s deputies to the kidnap vehicle.

“If you listen to the tape, you can hear the fear in her voice,” said Charleston County sheriff’s Maj. John Clark at the time. “But she had the presence of mind to give us a description of the car. And she said it felt like he made a left turn out of the trailer park. If she had not said that, we could have been looking all over the place for her car.”

During the call, the sound of a trunk opening can be heard and a man’s voice says, “What are you doing?” Deputies located Scott’s car traveling north on Savannah Highway. The car was stopped in the parking lot of Smokers Express at 4315 Savannah Highway. Scott was behind the steering wheel.

At a bond hearing, Brown and Scott told Charleston County Magistrate Alvin Bligen they had been arguing over money. Brown told the judge Scott was in the trunk because he had put some money there. Scott said she was standing by the open trunk, trying to get the money, when Brown backed up, which forced her to fall into the trunk. She said he then ran around and slammed the trunk closed on her.

Bail originally was set at $200,000 on the two charges.