A Lexington man is in the Carroll-Montgomery Regional Correctional Facility after he allegedly held his ex-girlfriend-- an off-duty law enforcement officer – their eight-month-old child hostage inside a home in the Southern portion of Carroll County.
Tamarius Webster, 35, was arrested on September 1 for two counts of felony kidnapping, aggravated assault, and disturbance of family. According to the Oxford Eagle, Webster was arrested by U.S. Marshals and Oxford Police at the Molly Barr Ridge Apartment Complex. Webster was arrested without incident, and the weapon believed to be used in the kidnapping was also recovered.
Friday, Webster went before Southern District Judge Tinesha Erve-Earnest, and his bond was set at $150,000.00 for each charge, totaling $450,000.00.
Sheriff Clint Walker said the incident happened on August 30 at the officer’s home. He said the victim, whose name and agency are being withheld, reported that Webster was shooting at her home with an automatic rifle. Walker said the victim also received death threats toward her and her family.
Walker said Webster told the victim he was in the woods near her home, and when she looked out, he fired a shot striking the ground and her five-year-old son was outside when he fired the shot. Walker said the boy was able to make it to his grandmother’s home safely.
He said Webster continued to fire at the home, and the victim and her infant child sought shelter in an interior room in the house while she contacted law enforcement.
Waller said Carroll County deputies quickly assembled a multi-agency team that helped to secure the scene. He said the team consisted of deputies, officers, and troopers with CCSD along with Winona Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Mississippi Highway Patrol SWAT, Bureau of Narcotics SWAT, Madison County SWAT, Oxford SWAT, and the U.S. Marshal Service.
He said the same team held with the manhunt for Webster as well.
“Madison County provided an armored truck which deputies used to rescue the victim and her family from the home. The suspect who was hidden in the woods fled the scene on foot, and a search was initiated at that time,” Walker said in the release.
He said the manhunt for Webster continued, and the U.S. Marshals were called to help locate Webster, who was considered dangerous. Walker said a BOLO was sent for Webster, and on Thursday, September 1, Webster was found by U.S. Marshals with the assistance of the Oxford Police Department SWAT team.
The Oxford Eagle reports the search began around 5 p.m.
“I would like to thank the Lord for protecting the victim, her children, and all of the law enforcement officers who assisted in resolving this situation peacefully and without injury. I also want to thank all the agencies who responded quickly and without hesitation to assist us. Once again, our training, equipment, and good relations with other agencies made all the difference in what could have been a tragedy,” Walker said in the release.
Webster remains in Carroll-Montgomery, and Walker said more charges are pending. The investigation into this matter is ongoing.