Valdosta Daily Times

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April 14, 2013

Chase brings suspect’s arrest

Man sought in Berrien rape, Cook shooting caught in Macon

RAY CITY — A man sought for a rape in Ray City and a shooting in Adel was captured in Macon Saturday after a car chase on Interstate 75, according to reports.

Charles Tyson Heard is wanted in Berrien County and Cook County for charges of rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment, theft by taking, and aggravated assault with a firearm, said Allison Willis, public information officer for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. In Monroe County, Heard is being charged with felony fleeing and attempting to elude, felony obstruction and reckless conduct, she said.

Shortly after 5 a.m. Friday, deputies responded to a call from a home on Jones Street in Ray City, Berrien County Sheriff’s Office investigator Kyle Lightsey said.

Deputies determined that two victims, male and female, had been been tied up and put in a master bathroom, Lightsey said.

The woman was raped and taken from the residence to Adel, he said.

Heard had been living in the same residence for a short time, he said.

Once in Adel, the suspect became involved with a shooting, which is when the woman escaped, Lightsey said.

According to media reports, police believe the shooting of a Cook County man at his residence is related. The shooting victim was recovering Friday at South Georgia Medical Center.

Attempts to contact the Adel Police Department Saturday for more details were unsuccessful.

When the shooting occurred, the rape victim escaped from the suspect, Lightsey said.

Heard was last seen in the woman’s gray or silver 2010 Nissan Altima which had dealer drive-out tags, and was believed Friday to be heading for the Atlanta-Royston area, he said.

Saturday, a chase started at about 11:30 a.m. when a deputy attempted to stop a speeding vehicle on Interstate 75, said Monroe County Sheriff’s Lt. Brad Freeman.

The driver, Heard, refused to stop and proceeded south until getting off the interstate in Macon near Mercer University, Willis said.

The chase ended in the Tindall Heights area, where Heard jumped from the still-moving vehicle and fled on foot, Willis said. Macon police caught Heard and turned him over to Monroe deputies, Willis said.

Lightsey confirmed that Heard is being held in the Monroe County Jail. A spokesman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said medical care was being sought for Heard.

Freeman said the driver threw something out of the car near Pate Road in Monroe County. Deputies were searching the area trying to find it.

Lightsey said authorities will seek to have Heard returned to Berrien County once Monroe County is finished with him.

Wayne Crenshaw of the Macon Telegraph contributed to this story.

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