Houston County Courier - Local News
Stories Added - March 2009
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Houston County Courier - March 2009
By Crystal Rhone
A 22-year-old man has been charged with aggravated kidnapping in connection with an incident involving a 19-year-old woman and an infant on Sunday, Feb. 22 in Crockett.
According to Crockett Police Department, Officer Tina Berry responded to the 300 block of Pease Street regarding a tip of suspicious activity.
The officer observed a gray Chevrolet Corsica rapidly backing out of the driveway of an abandoned nursing home. The vehicle, driven by a black male identified as David Cecil Williams Jr., quickly accelerated and fled the scene.
Officer Berry activated her emergency lights in an effort to stop the vehicle, but Williams refused to stop and a high-speed pursuit ensued. Williams ignored traffic signs
in an attempt to evade officers, according to CPD reports.
Finally, the pursuit ended
when Williams brought the vehicle to a stop in the parking lot of the Saint Luke Baptist Church on South Second Street.
Williams reportedly exited the car and ran around the church building, evading Berry and other officers who had joined the search.
After returning to Williams’ vehicle, Officer Berry heard a banging sound on the trunk and a female voice screaming, “Let me out!”
While quickly securing the keys from the ignition of the running vehicle, Officer Berry observed an infant in a car seat inside the vehicle.
Upon opening the trunk, the officer found 19-year-old Lisa McCorcle, who climbed out and retrieved the infant that she identified as her child.
According to reports, McCorcle complained of back pain and an ambulance was called to transport her to ETMC Crockett for treatment.
Later that afternoon, Williams contacted the 911 dispatcher and identified himself as the suspect who left the scene at the church.
Officer Anthony Griffin responded to a location south of Crockett on Hwy. 19 where Williams was detained for questioning.
Williams is charged with aggravated kidnapping, $10,000 bond; evading arrest with a motor vehicle, $5,000 bond, and abandon endanger child criminal negligent, $5,000 bond. He remained in Houston County Sheriff’s Office Jail as of Friday morning, Feb. 27.