Saturday, March 26, 2016

SWAT team arrests man following kidnapping

Posted By on Sat, Mar 26, 2016 at 2:38 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police SWAT and Hostage Negotiation teams (HNT) arrested Lamont Smith, 42, at his Catherine Circle residence following a domestic kidnapping in west Chatham County early Saturday morning.

"SWAT and HNT arrived at Smith’s residence at about 6:30 a.m. Before 5:30 a.m., Smith reportedly fired multiple shots before forcing the adult female victim into his vehicle near Stiles Avenue, then driving away," police say.

"The victim quickly exited when the vehicle stopped at a red light on Savannah’s south side. She sustained minor injuries and is safe. "

The suspect, who was believed to be armed with a gun, drove to his residence.

"SWAT, HNT, Patrol officers, K-9 and Violent Crimes investigators arrived soon after. Metro obtained warrants to search Smith’s residence and for his arrest. SWAT made entry, taking Smith into custody without incident just before 10 a.m.," police say.

Smith is charged with kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark.  

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Jim Morekis

A native Savannahian, Jim has been editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah for 15 years. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series...
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