Teenagers arrested in Jackson County; One charged with attempted murder, both charged with attempted kidnapping

Two teenagers charged as adults are in the Jackson County Adult Detention Center after being arrested Thursday night, April 29th.

Sheriff Mike Ezell says 17-year-old Jayden Hathorn allegedly set his foster father’s Ocean Springs house on fire last week in an attempt to kill him.

Hathorn then allegedly planned to steal a car with 15-year-old Emmanuel Matthews so they could kidnap a 17-year-old girl, believed to be a friend of Hathorn’s.

The sheriff says patrol deputies found Hathorn Thursday night at the Cedar Grove Community Center in St. Martin. He was in a car that was reported stolen from Pascagoula. Deputies also arrested Matthews, who was in the park near the community center.

Hathorn is charged with attempted murder and attempted kidnapping. Matthews is charged with attempted kidnapping.

The two teens are held without bond. An initial court hearing is pending.

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