Actor shares details of horrific ordeal during ransom kidnapping

Manuela Cardiga
Jul 10, 2018
11:02 P.M.
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Joseph Capone opened up about his harrowing ordeal at the hands of his kidnappers


A year after his kidnapping, Joseph Capone has opened up in an exclusive interview with ABC News posted on Youtube.

On the 3rd of May 2017, the Los Angeles actor was visiting his friend and fellow actor Daisy McCrackin, who is best known for her role in “Halloween Resurrection.”

Two men entered the house pistol-whipped Capone, and forced the two friends into a car, placing bags over their heads. They then proceeded to drive the terrified actors to a house in Compton, several miles away.

Capone said he survived an extraordinary ordeal, during which he was stripped naked, pistol-whipped, forced into a bathtub and had a gun put in his mouth by his alleged captors.


“He whacked me on the head with the gun and then proceeded to stomp on me and give me a pretty good beating.”

Joseph Capone, Youtube.

Capone said he was held hostage at a home in Compton while the kidnappers allegedly drove McCrackin to multiple ATM machines, demanding a $10,000 ransom.

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The abductors forced McCrackin to write a $10,000 check, which was reportedly deposited into one of the kidnappers' accounts.


Capone was isolated in a dingy bathroom in the Compton house, while his captors made repeated threats on his life. He attempted an escape but didn’t get too far before being recaptured.

“I was seen immediately and given another solid beating and thrown back into the bathroom where one gun was put into my mouth.”

McCrackin was dropped at her home the next day and called 911 to alert the authorities. On her identification, Keith Andre Stewart, Johntae Jones, and Amber Neal were arrested and accused of kidnapping, assault with a firearm, grand theft, mayhem, conspiracy and possession for sale of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.


Capone has survived his ordeal and faces life with equanimity. He remains defiantly optimistic and upbeat in the aftermath of his terrifying experience.

“I'm not a victim,” he said, “I'm a survivor. You know I think it's a state of mind."

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