Police arrest suspected cult leader plus mother of missing boy

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

NBC17 reports:

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.


Authorities have recovered blood samples, bullets and other evidence from the home in Durham but the bodies of McKoy or Higganbothan have not yet been found.

Moses and Sisk are part of a polygamist cult called the Black Hebrews, a religious sect claiming to be the descendants of ancient Israelites.

The Gazette writes:

A Durham police informant said Moses Jr. became upset with Jadon in October 2010 and took him into the basement of their house, according to a search warrant. The informant then heard a gunshot.

The informant said that Sisk killed 28-year-old Antionetta McKoy after she tried to escape the house where she and several women had been living, along with Moses Jr. McKoy’s family reported her missing in February, sparking a search for her and Jadon.

The video shows an ABC News report from early March.

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This post was last updated: Apr. 13, 2011