Lexington County Sheriff’s Department detectives are searching for a 40-year-old Gaston man they say kidnapped his estranged 24-year-old girlfriend at gunpoint from a home near Lexington Friday afternoon.
Terri Lou Boltin, 24, was located today at a hospital in Montgomery, Ala., where she was receiving medical treatment for injuries, according to Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts. Detectives are investigating how Boltin ended up at the hospital. Sheriff’s Department victims’ assistance officers were helping family members bring her back to Lexington County.
Metts said deputies are seeking Melvin Alphonso Burgess, 40, of 213 Oak Glenn Road, Gaston, on charges of first-degree burglary, kidnapping, first-degree assault and battery, discharging a firearm into a dwelling, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, pointing and presenting a firearm at a person and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Metts said Burgess entered a Mac Circle home owned by Jeffery A. Anderson, 49, pointed a handgun at Anderson, threatened to kill him and fired several shots into a glass bedroom door. Metts said Burgess then pushed Anderson through the shattered door and assaulted him. Burgess found Boltin hiding in a shower stall at the home, Metts said, and forced her at gunpoint to get into a silver 2002 Honda Accord EX owned by a Gaston woman.