Alleged Kidnapper’s Charges Released

LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – Lowndes County deputies release the charges a man faces after being on the run for hours and allegedly taking his estranged girlfriend.

19 year-old Austin Tedford is charged with kidnapping, burglary, resisting arrest and domestic violence.

He also faces some misdemeanor charges.

Law enforcement searched for Tedford for five hours, just off Highway 50 East.

Investigators say Tedford abducted his estranged girlfriend Carrie Pannell.

Pannell and a witness went to pick Tedford up at a home on Tuesday morning, December 5.

While talking with the homeowner the witness heard screaming and saw Tedford jump into a vehicle with Pannell.

A deputy spotted the car they were in about 5:15 Tuesday evening and that’s when a pursuit started.

The vehicle eventually stopped and Tedford ran away.

Law enforcement attempted to surround the Harrison Road area and called a helicopter in to help, but it was information from a resident that led to Tedford’s arrest.

“We got a tip from somewhere, and Mr. Tedford was actually taken into custody within the city. He was found in the trunk of a car. Once the trunk opened up, once again a short scuffle ensured with law enforcement. He was taken into custody,” says Chief Deputy Marc Miley.

The victim was not injured.

Christopher Austin Tedford

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