Georgia man accused of killing 3 kidnapped toddler surrenders to Florida Standoff

Apr 2, 2020 11:50 PM ET

A Georgia man suspected of kidnapping his 2-year-old son after killing the child’s grandparents and aunt was detained in Florida on Wednesday evening after nearly a six-hour clash with law enforcement agencies.

Caesar Zamien Lamar Crockett Jr. in the photo of a sheriff.Bibb County Sheriff’s Office

Caesar Zamien Lamar Crockett Jr., 29, accused of killing three people in Georgia on Tuesday, barricaded himself in a car on an interstate ramp after leading the police on a persecution that started around 1:30 p.m. started. Wednesday when Tampa officers looking for his car followed him.

The chase reached speeds of 120 mph, officials said, and Crockett released the child just before 2:00 p.m. but remained in a stalemate with state troops and police.

The child has been taken to a hospital and is doing well, the chief of police said.

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Crockett surrendered at 7.40 p.m. A weapon is said to have been found in his car.

“You just kept talking to him,” said Brian Dugan, Tampa’s chief of police, about police negotiators. “I don’t know if he just got tired or what, but eventually he surrendered and we were able to detain him with no problems.”

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The sheriff’s office in Bibb County, Georgia announced that around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, MPs arrived at a house in Macon, 80 miles southeast of Atlanta, where they found three people who were shot.

Jamila French, the mother of Crockett’s child, was injured in the incident, the NBC subsidiary WXIA from Atlanta reported. Her mother, stepfather and sister were killed, the sheriff’s office said.

Crockett then fled with his 2-year-old son, the police said.

Florida Highway Patrol officers and the Tampa Police Department locate an Amber Alert suspect from Bibb County, Georgia on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.Florida Highway Patrol

An unmarked Tampa police car had followed Crockett when he left a freeway after passing a freeway sign over an amber alarm for the boy, Dugan said.

“The suspect eventually realized he was a Tampa policeman behind him and tried to escape the scene,” which triggered a persecution that “went on for some time,” said Dugan.

It ended when Crockett crashed on an exit to Interstate 75, the police said.

The Bibb County sheriff’s office said Crockett would be extradited to Georgia for three murders and a kidnapping count. The MPs and the child’s mother were on their way to Florida to pick up the toddler on Wednesday evening.

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