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.

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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