Valdosta, GA

Valdosta, Georgia: Man arrested on kidnapping and aggravated assault charges


Valdosta, Georgia
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A Valdosta man has been arrested on multiple charges, including kidnapping, aggravated assault, and others, according to the Valdosta Police Department. The incidents occurred between November 16 and 19. On November 16, a female victim called 911 for help after being forced into her vehicle at gunpoint by Jamie Heath, 50. He allegedly made her drive to his residence while threatening her. When they arrived, the victim managed to call 911, and Heath fled the scene before officers could apprehend him.

On November 18, the same victim reported that Heath had entered her residence without permission and taken her doorbell camera. When officers arrived, Heath refused to cooperate, shut the front door on them, and remained inside the house. Eventually, officers obtained arrest and search warrants, forced entry into Heath's residence, and arrested him. He was charged with criminal trespass and theft by taking, both categorized under family violence.

Shortly after being released from jail, Heath began sending threatening text messages to the victim. With the assistance of the victim, officers obtained video evidence supporting her previous report of being kidnapped at gunpoint by Heath. On November 19, officers located Heath at another residence and took him back into custody.

Heath now faces various charges, including kidnapping, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, stalking, theft by taking (family violence), and criminal trespass (family violence).

Chief Leslie Manahan says, “This was outstanding work by our officers. They could see that this offender’s actions were escalating, so they knew he needed to be arrested before anything further could happen to the victim. Then when they found out that he had been released from jail and immediately contacted the victim, they did not stop until they found him and took him into custody again.”

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