Jackson, MS – Mississippi Highway Patrol State Troopers have located two kidnapping victims and arrested the kidnapping suspect following a traffic stop on US72 near Corinth. On Saturday, July 4, at approximately 2:42 p.m., a state trooper received information of a vehicle traveling westbound on US72 being driven by a possible wanted suspect. The trooper made contact with a vehicle and driver that matched the information traveling westbound on US72 near County Road 278 in Alcorn County. After observing the driver was not wearing a seatbelt and the tag information did not match the vehicle, the trooper initiated a traffic stop with the assistance of a second state trooper and two Alcorn County deputies. After confirming the driver was the suspect and upon further investigation, the troopers found two occupants in the vehicle who had been kidnapped by the suspect. Agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation also responded to the scene. Tony L. Lanier Sr, 44, of Cooter, MO, was arrested and transported to the Alcorn County Jail. The victims, Krista Trapp and her 10 month old daughter Braelee Trapp, were transported to the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Office where a Victims Advocate assisted with their needs. “This is an example of the important work our Troopers and Agents are doing, day in and day out,” said Colonel Randy Ginn, Director of MHP. “Because this Trooper was alert and thorough, a mother and her child were rescued and a dangerous criminal has been taken off our highways.” Lanier had an active arrest warrant in Tennessee for Kidnapping and a second active arrest warrant in Missouri for parole violations and is awaiting extradition to Tennessee. This continues to be an ongoing investigation by MBI.