Man Charged with Forcing SJ Motorist to Drive Him at Gunpoint

BANNING (CNS) - A 26-year-old man accused of holding a motorist at gunpoint and forcing the victim, accompanied by his young son, to drive him through San Jacinto was charged today with kidnapping and other offenses. Branden Marquis Williamson of San Jacinto was arrested Monday following a Riverside County Sheriff's Department investigation. Along with the two counts of kidnapping, Williamson is charged with armed robbery and child cruelty, along with sentence-enhancing allegations of committing a crime while on bail and using a firearm during the commission of a felony. He made his initial court appearance Thursday before Superior Court Judge Joshlyn Pulliam, who appointed him a public defender and scheduled his arraignment for Friday at the Banning Justice Center. Williamson
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