Teens Charged In Valley, Lanett Kidnapping, Shooting incident



Lanett Police issued the following press release regarding in a collaborative kidnapping, and shooting inciden with Valley and other law enforcement agancies:


"On 4/13/2022, Patrol officers from the Lanett Police Department and Valley Police Department patrol divisions responded to a report of a kidnapping in progress, and a subject who had been shot. The events that took place began in the 2900 block of 20th Avenue in Valley, AL where a female subject was pulled into a vehicle against her will. Her male associates feared for her safety and attempted to follow the suspect vehicle.


Both parties continued to the I- 85 rest area between exit 79 and exit 77 were a male subject exited the suspect vehicle and fired a handgun into the vehicle that followed them. A male subject sustained a single gunshot wound during the confrontation. The shooter then reentered the suspect vehicle which fled the rest area. The driver of the second vehicle continued to follow the suspects despite his injury.


The suspect vehicle was followed to the intersection of Chambers County Road 388 and U.S. Highway 29 where police contact was made by patrol units from Valley and Lanett Police Department. One suspect remained on scene. A second suspect fled on foot into a neighboring wooded area. Officers located the male subject who had been shot and the female subject who had been forced into the suspect’s vehicle with only minor injury.


The gunshot victim was transported by the East Alabama Fire District for treatment of his injury. Investigators from both agencies arrived on scene and began to conduct a criminal investigation. Officers Identified the male suspects as Jamarious Tyshawn Holley ,18, of Goodwater, AL, and Gavin Jhysquese Blake ,18, of Dadeville, AL.


Further investigation was conducted by the Lanett Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, and arrest warrants were obtained for both suspects by the Lanett Police Department for Attempted Murder, Kidnapping 2nd Degree, and two counts of Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle.


The Lanett Police Department requested the assistance of the United States Marshal Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force in apprehending both subjects. On 5/4/ 2022, both subjects were taken into custody for the listed charges.


The Lanett Police Department, along with Police Chief Johnny Wood, would like to express appreciation to Valley Police Department, Coosa County Sheriff’s Office, Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, Chambers County EMA, and The United States Marshal Service-Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force for their assistance in this investigation", said Lanett Police in a press release.


The investigation is on-going and no further information is available at this time

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