A Georgia triple murder suspect who allegedly kidnapped is 2-year-old son is under arrest after a tense standoff with law enforcement in Florida.
Caesar Zamien Lamar Crockett Jr., 29, is suspected of fatally shooting three people at a Georgia home and injuring his son’s mother Tuesday night before taking the child and driving to Florida, where he led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase in Tampa, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
The chase exceeded 120 mph at times before Crockett crashed into an exit ramp while trying to exit I-4, according to a media alert from the Florida Highway Patrol.
Authorities were able to talk Crockett into surrendering his 2-year-old son, King Cane Crockett, to authorities before Caesar entered into a six-hour armed standoff with Florida Highway Patrol officers and other law enforcement officials.
Caeser surrendered around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday night and was taken into custody without incident, the sheriff’s office said.
Bibb County Sheriff’s deputies and the child’s mother, Jamilia Augustine French, were already en route to retrieve the young boy, who was not harmed in the vehicle crash.
The incident began Tuesday night in Georgia when the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a shooting at a Georgia home.
When deputies arrived, they found three people shot in the house and the young boy’s mother, French, 30, injured.
Authorities said that during a heated fight between the couple, Crockett pulled out a gun and then shot French’s mother Janet Samuel, 67, stepfather James Samuel, 69, and sister Lechasta Childs, 47. All three died from their injuries.
French was treated for her injuries and was released, according to the sheriff’s office.
After the deadly exchange, Caesar kidnapped his son and drove off in a 2007 Pontiac G5, the sheriff's office said. Authorities believed at the time that he could be heading to either California or Florida, where the 29-year-old has family.
Caesar was first spotted in Gainesville on Wednesday before Tampa police officers saw him driving at 1:26 p.m. and attempted to pull him over. Caesar fled and started the high-speed chase in an attempt to evade authorities.
Caesar is now expected to be extradited to Georgia, where he will be facing three counts of murder and one count of kidnapping, according to the sheriff’s office.
“On behalf of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, I send my sincere appreciation to the Florida law enforcement officers for their diligence and professionalism in rescuing little King Crockett and for taking into custody a very dangerous and merciless suspect,” Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said after the standoff ended.
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