Valdosta Daily Times

January 14, 2014

Woman kidnapped in Valdosta

Suspect arrested in Jacksonville after police trace cell phone

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — A man reportedly accosted a woman Monday morning as she entered her car on a Valdosta street, forcing her to drive him to Florida, before letting her out in Hamilton County.

He then drove to Jacksonville, where authorities arrested him, according to the Valdosta Police Department.

At approximately 7:40 a.m. Monday, a 23-year-old woman was entering her 2007 black Toyota Camry in the 1700 block of North Patterson Street, where she was approached by an unknown man brandishing a handgun. He demanded that she drive him to Florida.

“He forced her into the vehicle and made her drive him to Jasper, Fla., where he put her out of her vehicle and stole the vehicle,” according to Valdosta Police Department reports.

“Hamilton County sheriff’s deputies made contact with (her) and the Valdosta Police Department was quickly notified.”

The gunman had forced her to drive south on Interstate 75 then onto U.S. 129 in Hamilton County; he forced her to drive down a dirt road behind Hamilton County High School where he demanded she get out of the car, Hamilton County Sheriff Harrell Reid told The Suwannee Democrat.

The Valdosta woman attempted taking her handbag with her, but the gunman refused; a move which would soon lead authorities to the kidnapping suspect.

The woman was not physically injured, according to Valdosta police.

A Hamilton County citizen found the woman and took her to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

While taking her statement, authorities learned her cell phone was in her handbag.

This allowed law-enforcement to monitor her cell phone’s location, which led the Duval County Sheriff’s Office to the stolen Camry and the suspect in Jacksonville, Fla., according to The Democrat.

Deputies stopped the car in a traffic stop and arrested Calvin L. Williams, 37, of Jacksonville, Fla., according to the Valdosta Police Department.

The VPD signed warrants Monday charging Williams with armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, according to Valdosta police reports.

As of Monday afternoon, Williams was being held in Jacksonville, but may be returned to Valdosta today at the earliest, according to the VPD.