A 21-year-old man Bishopville man arrested early Friday evening on a second-degree burglary charge is facing additional charges after deputies said he kidnapped a 25-year-old woman and refused to pull over for deputies as he drove back toward Sumter.
Deputies deployed stop sticks to puncture his tires, a report said, and he was brought into custody.
Andre Lorenzo Meadows, of 3650 U.S. 15 North, was charged with kidnapping and failure to stop for a blue light or siren about 5:30 p.m. Friday after an anonymous caller told deputies a half hour earlier that he was back at his address. Deputies found an open sliding-glass door and dried blood on the blinds.
As deputies called out for the woman, they found her 6-year-old daughter in tears, who told them Meadows had taken her mother by force after threatening the woman with a crowbar
. Dispatchers then told the deputies the woman was at a friend’s house in Bishopville
. While speaking with the 25-year-old woman on the phone, they learned she was forced into the car as Meadows wanted to withdraw money from her bank account, but her bank card was at the friend’s house. She also told deputies while he was driving, Meadows punched her in the jaw and threatened her with the crowbar.
While deputies were issuing a BOLO — be on the lookout — for Meadows’ 1985 Volkswagen Jetta, a deputy saw the car pass by his location and spiked stop sticks were placed in the road in front of Runnymede subdivision. Three of Meadows’ four tires were punctured, the report said, and he was arrested.
After questioning, he was taken to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.
Meadows was briefly placed on the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Top 10 Most Wanted List on Friday after deputies said on Tuesday he stole jewelry valued at $600, electronics valued at $205, and prescription medication from a home in the 3600 block of U.S. 15 North that sustained $600 in damage to a window and a door.
Jail officials said Saturday that Meadows will most likely have a bond hearing today.