Crime & Courts

Bond set for woman accused in West Columbia kidnapping

Bond has been set at $450,000, for a woman police say helped carry out the kidnapping of a woman and infant in West Columbia that ended in a hostage situation in Georgia.

Jamie Lynn Burgess, 17, is charged with two counts of kidnapping, eight counts of assault with intent to kill and carjacking, according to records at the Lexington County Detention Center.

Bond was set this morning in Lexington County on those charges. Burgess was brought back to Lexington County Monday.

David Dietz, 25, a former law enforcement officer, faces the same charges as Burgess as well as additional charges in West Columbia. He also is charged with firing at federal agents Sunday, a Georgia FBI spokesman said.

Both are accused of abducting Allim David Dietz, 7 months, and his mother, Eva Arce-Perez, 29.

It is unclear how the Dietz and Burgess are connected.

Dietz surrendered about 9:15 a.m. Monday after 13 hours holed up in a second-story room at a Red Roof Inn in Madison, Ga., about 60 miles east of Atlanta.

The arrests ended an ordeal that West Columbia police said began Saturday night after a desperate 9-1-1 call. A relative of the mother of Dietz’s infant son reported he shot at eight relatives, then sped off with the woman and the child in a stolen silver Ford Explorer with the help of a teenage girl believed to be Burgess.

-- From Staff Reports