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Monday, January 5, 2009

[SC] Needing prayer: Allim & Eva kidnapped & held hostage by ex-officer Dietz

...a former police officer kidnapped his ex-wife and her infant son at gunpoint... Dietz fired shots and wore his old, black uniform, with "police" on both sleeves and on the back, during the abduction... Dietz is a white man standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 198 pounds. He dark blonde hair and brown eyes. Officials warned that he should be considered armed and dangerous... The Georgia State Patrol in Madison confirmed shortly after 9 p.m. that "there is a hostage situation"...

EX-POLICEMAN WANTED IN ABDUCTION OF S.C. INFANT, EX-WIFE
David Dietz
WRAL.com, NC
Posted: Jan. 4 11:45 a.m.
Updated: Jan. 4 10:55 p.m.
West Columbia, S.C. — South Carolina authorities say that a former police officer kidnapped his ex-wife and her infant son at gunpoint in West Columbia late Saturday. The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division issued an Amber Alert for 7-month-old Allim David Dietz, who was last seen with his mother, Eva Acre-Perez, 29, at 417 N. Lucas St. around 11 p.m. The SCLED believes that David Dietz, 25, and a white female abducted the mother and child. Dietz fired shots and wore his old, black uniform, with "police" on both sleeves and on the back, during the abduction, officials said. Dietz and the woman fled in two vehicles to unknown destinations. Allim is Hispanic infant, weighing 20 pounds, with brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and red pants. Acre-Perez is a Hispanic female, standing 5 feet tall and weighing 120 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue pants, a black jacket and white shirt. Dietz is a white man standing 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 198 pounds. He dark blonde hair and brown eyes. Officials warned that he should be considered armed and dangerous. Late Sunday, West Columbia Police identified the woman with Dietz as 17-year-old Jamie Lynn Burgess. Authorities said she is about 5-feet tall and 100 pounds with a mix of blonde hair on top and dark hair on both sides, and hazel eyes. She could be wearing a black hooded coat with fur around the hood and blue jeans or a white hooded sweatshirt. She has lip piercings and braces with no wires. The alleged abductors were driving a silver 2003 Ford Explorer, with S.C. tag 516VTY, and a gold or brown, 2002 Toyota Camry, with S.C. tag ABZ-587. Dietz had not worked for the West Columbia Police Department, officials said. Anyone with information should call Capt. Seth Sigler, with the West Columbia police, at 803-794-0721 or 803-739-2662 [LINK]

KIDNAPPED MOTHER, INFANT THOUGHT TO BE IN HOTEL
The State, SC
Monday, Jan. 05, 2009
Georgia law enforcement agencies surrounded a hotel in Madison, Ga., Sunday night and believed a man was holding hostage the victims at the center of a South Carolina Amber Alert, an Atlanta TV station reported on its Web site. West Columbia and S.C. law enforcement officials have been looking for a West Columbia woman and her child after the two were kidnapped Saturday. An AMBER Alert was issued Sunday for Eva Arce-Perez, 29, and her 7-month-old son, Allim David Dietz, but was canceled later after South Carolina officials learned the suspect might be traveling toward Atlanta. David Dietz, a former city of Columbia police officer and Arce-Perez’s estranged husband, is suspected in the kidnapping, officials said. West Columbia police have also named Jamie Lynn Burgess, 17, as a possible second suspect. When S.C. officials learned that Dietz was possibly headed to Georgia, they requested a Levi’s Call, Georgia’s Amber Alert system, be activated, according to 11Alive, the Web site of an Atlanta television station. The Georgia State Patrol confirmed Sunday evening that they were assisting several agencies in a standoff situation at the Red Roof Inn in Madison, which is near Athens, Ga. In West Columbia, officials said that at 11 p.m. Saturday, Dietz surprised the woman in front of her home. Shots were fired during the kidnapping, and police officers believes Dietz was still armed. Dietz, 25, has no prior arrest record, according to S.C. Law Enforcement Division records. City of Columbia spokesman Brick Lewis said Dietz was employed by the police department briefly in 2006. David Dietz was wearing a black uniform with “police” written on the back and on his sleeves when last seen, officials said. [LINK]

HOSTAGE SITUATION AT MORGAN COUNTY MOTEL
Online Athens
By Lee Shearer lee.shearer@onlineathens.com
11:48 pm on 1/4/2009
A man wanted for kidnapping a South Carolina woman and her 7-month-old son reportedly was in an armed standoff with law officers Sunday night in a Morgan County motel. The Georgia State Patrol in Madison confirmed shortly after 9 p.m. that "there is a hostage situation" at the Red Roof Inn near the intersection of U.S. Highway 441 and Interstate 20 in Madison. Neither the patrol nor the Morgan County Sheriff's Office, however, would confirm whether the standoff involved David Dietz, the South Carolina man accused of kidnapping the woman and child Saturday night. Dietz kidnapped Eva Arce-Perez and 7-month-old Allim David Dietz in front of their West Columbia, S.C., home about 11 p.m. Saturday, South Carolina authorities said, according to an Amber Alert authorities issued Sunday. Dietz, a former police officer, is Arce-Perez's estranged husband, authorities said. Law enforcement officials identified Jamie Lynn Burgess, 17, as a third kidnapping victim, according to The State newspaper, but later said the teenage girl's role in the kidnapping was unclear. Authorities said shots were fired during the kidnapping and said Dietz likely was armed and might be driving a silver 2003 Ford Explorer, possibly missing a side window, with South Carolina tag 516VTY. Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Monday, January 05, 2009 [LINK]

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