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May 7, 2014

Man indicted in kidnapping Valdosta woman

VALDOSTA — A Lowndes County Grand Jury indicted a man accused of kidnapping a Valdosta woman in January and forcing her to drive him to Florida.

Calvin L. Williams, 37, of Jacksonville, Fla., was indicted last week on charges of kidnapping, hijacking a motor vehicle and armed robbery, according to the indictment list.

The charges stem from a Jan. 13 incident when a man approached a woman entering her 2007 black Toyota Camry in the 1700 block of North Patterson Street. The man carried an object with “the appearance of a handgun” and demanded the woman drive him to Florida, according to the indictment and reports from the Valdosta Police Department.

The man allegedly forced her to drive south on Interstate 75 then onto U.S. 129 in Hamilton County. They traveled 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.

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.

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