Teens charged with armed robbery, kidnapping

Two teenagers are facing charges after a kidnapping in Okaloosa County Monday night. (WJHG)

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Two teenagers are charged with armed robbery and kidnapping after an incident in Okaloosa County on May 20th.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested 16-year-olds Celeste Templin of Shalimar and Niriah Rudolph of Fort Walton Beach Wednesday.

Investigators say the pair went to a home on Oakhill Avenue Monday afternoon to buy marijuana cartridges for $150, knowing they did not have the cash. They met the victim at his residence at 110 Oakhill Avenue, where he got into Templin’s vehicle to make the transaction.

Investigators say Rudolph then pulled out a gun. The pair began to struggle and Templin drove away with the victim still inside the
vehicle. He was eventually able to free himself and get out of the car.

Templin said she and Rudolph went to the home with the intention of robbing the victim. In addition, during an interview, the victim wrote the name “Nyriah Rudolph” on a piece of paper as the armed person who robbed him.

Earlier this week, a teenager was shot and killed at the same residence. Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies have not confirmed whether these two incidents are directly related.

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