VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Police Department has released the following statement:
On January 13, 2014 at approximately 9:30 am, the Valdosta Police Department was notified about an armed robbery and kidnapping that occurred in the 1700 block of N. Patterson Street at approximately 7:40 am. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in Jasper, Florida had made contact with (a 23-year-old woman) who indicated that she was getting into her vehicle when an African American male ... approached (her) with a handgun and demanded she drive him to Florida. He forced her into the vehicle and made her drive him to Jasper, Florida where he put (her) out of her vehicle and stole the vehicle. Hamilton County Sheriffs Deputies made contact with (her) and the Valdosta Police Department was quickly notified. A Detective from the Valdosta Police Department Person’s Crime Unit was sent to Hamilton County to interview (her) and begin the investigation. While he was interviewing the victim, her vehicle, which had been entered into the NCIC database and a BOLO issued, was located by Jacksonville Deputies who initiated a traffic stop. Deputies detained (a suspect) and recovered valuable evidence. Calvin Williams is currently being held by Jacksonville on their charges. Arrest warrants have already been signed in Valdosta for Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime. Further charges will be pending. There were no reported injuries to the victim.
A quick response by the Hamilton County and Jacksonville, Florida law enforcement agencies resulted in an armed a dangerous person being apprehended. We appreciate all the assistance that we received from them.
Anyone having any further information regarding this crime or any other crime is urged to contact the Valdosta Police Department at 229-293-3145 or can remain anonymous at 229-293-3091.
By Joyce Marie Taylor
The Suwannee Democrat
JASPER, Fla. — The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Valdosta Police Department, is investigating the apparent kidnapping of a woman from Valdosta who was dropped off in Jasper, Fla., according to Hamilton County Sheriff Harrell Reid.
The suspect, believed to be in his 50s, was caught later by Jacksonville authorities after a BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued.
According to Reid, around 7:30-8 a.m. this morning, a black male approached a woman in Valdosta as she was getting into her car and abducted her by gunpoint. The suspect made the woman drive south on Interstate 75 and then onto US 129 in Hamilton County where he had her turn onto a dirt road behind Hamilton County High School. The suspect made the woman get out of the car. The victim tried to take her handbag with her, but the suspect wouldn’t let her.
Reid said a Hamilton County citizen happened upon the frightened woman and took her to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office where she was interviewed by a Valdosta Police detective who came down to investigate the kidnapping.
The victim’s cell phone, Reid said, was in her handbag and authorities were able to ping the phone and locate the vehicle. Just a few hours later, the suspect’s car was recovered by the Duval County Sheriff’s Office in Jacksonville.
Reid said there was no connection between the victim and the suspect. Their identities are unknown at this time.
More information to come as it becomes available.