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UPDATE: Alleged kidnappers identified

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West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes has identified the two men found drowned in Intracoastal Canal after a Sunday kidnapping in Lafayette. 

Sylvester Henry Bracey, 27, and Arsenio Montrell Haynes, 27, both of Jackson, Miss., were found in the canal Monday. They both have extensive criminal histories, the sheriff said. 

KATC obtained the coroner's reports on the men this morning; the cause of death was listed as asphixiation by drowning. 

Also this afternoon, Lafayette Police have clarified the charges on which a third man wanted in the case is wanted. 

Earlier this week, Lafayette Police said that a warrant has been issued for Lawrence Michael Handley, 49, on charges of second-degree kidnapping, attempted second-degree kidnapping and violation of a protective order. Today, police say he is wanted for conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping and attempted second-degree kidnapping and violation of a protective order. 

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Handley is urged to Contact the Lafayette Police Department or Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS

The incident happened Sunday afternoon, when a woman was abducted by two men in Lafayette. Later Sunday, she was found safe in a van that had been abandoned by two men who ran into the woods in West Baton Rouge Parish. It is presumed by law enforcement at this time that Haynes and Bracey fled the van and tried to elude police in the canal, and drowned in their attempt to escape. 

Haynes' criminal history includes arrests for kidnapping, burglary, car theft and aggravated assault.

In 2009, the men were arrested together in Mississippi and were convicted of burglary, auto theft and aggravated assault. 

At that time, Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith said the men pleaded guilty in connection with a June 2006 incident. At the time of the incident, the men were teenagers. Smith said they threw a brick through the patio door of the victim's home. She was sitting at her kitchen table eating when this occurred. She ran out of kitchen and made it to the carport but was dragged back inside her house by the defendants. The victim was tied up and placed in her bath tub and was told that she would be killed if she didn’t tell the defendants where her purse and the keys to her 2003 blue Crown Victoria was located. After the defendants retrieve her purse and keys to her car, they left and the victim was able to free herself and call police. She was transported to hospital covered in blood with cuts and bruises, Smith said at the time.

They were also accused in connection with two other similar home invasions that summer, WLBT reported at the time. The men were each sentenced to 10 years in prison. 

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