Winnie Anne Wright
January 13, 2014
Valdosta, GA - According to police, 23 year old Charen Waller was getting in to her car on North Patterson Street when she was approached by a man with a gun.
Police say the man is 37 year old Calvin Williams. Williams demanded she drive him to Jacksonville. Williams kicked Waller out of the car in Jasper, Florida and continued to Jacksonville, where authorities arrested him.
"A detective went to Jacksonville to interview Calvin Wiliams. He has been charged here in Valdosta. The next steps will be to extradite him or bring him back to Lowndes County, which hopefully will be tomorrow."
Williams has been charged with Aggravated Assualt, Armed Robbery and Kidnapping. Lt. Kirk says the Valdosta Police Department is trying to get both Waller and her car back to Valdosta.
News Release: Valdosta Police Department
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 Charen Waller who indicated that she was getting into her vehicle when an African American male, later identified as Calvin Williams approached Waller 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 Waller out of her vehicle and stole the vehicle. Hamilton County Sheriffs Deputies made contact with Waller 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 Waller 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 Williams and recovered valuable evidence.
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.