Durham Police arrest suspected cult leader, mother of missing boy

NBC 17 News/April 12, 2011

Durham, North Carolina - Durham Police have arrested a suspected cult leader and the mother of a missing 6-year-old boy.

Pete Moses and Vania Sisk were arrested Tuesday night after police surrounded a home on Dunstan Avenue in Durham, according to Durham Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.

Moses was charged with one count of second-degree kidnapping, one count of assault by pointing a gun, one count of assault on a female, one count of communicating threats and failure to appear in court on earlier charges, according to Michael.

Sisk was arrested on a charge of failure to appear in court on an earlier misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, said Michael.

Warrants suggest Moses and Sisk are connected with the disappearance of Jadon Higganbothan and 28-year-old Antoinetta McKoy, who are both believed to be dead.

Moses is believed to be the leader of an obscure religious sect known as the Black Hebrews.

In warrants obtained in February from the Teller County Sheriff's Office in Colorado, a confidential informant said both Higganbothan and McKoy were killed at a home on Pear Tree Lane in Durham on separate occasions.

The latest warrants released indicate Moses and Vania Sisk, Higganbothan's mother, are "directly involved in the murder of a juvenile and an adult."

The warrants also showed officers recovered blood samples, bullets and bullet casings from the home on Pear Tree Lane. The items were collected in February, shortly after Higganbothan and McKoy were reported missing.

Authorities have not been able to find the bodies of either McKoy or Higganbothan.

Moses and Sisk had previously been charged with missing scheduled court appearance on unrelated charges.

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