Crime & Courts

Suspect in Amber Alert, hostage situation returned to S.C.

A man accused of taking a woman and baby and later holding them hostage at a Georgia hotel has been returned to Lexington County.

David Dietz has been returned to South Carolina to face federal charges of kidnapping, carjacking, transportation of a stolen motor vehicle in interstate commerce and possession of a weapon in connection with a crime of violence.

Dietz, 25, will be booked into a local detention facility this afternoon awaiting a court appearance on Friday.

Dietz, who worked as a Columbia police officer and state probation officer in 2006 and 2007, and Jamie Lynn Burgess, 17, are accused of abducting Allim David Dietz , 7 months, and the child's mother, Eva Arce-Perez, 29, from a North Lucas Street duplex.

An Amber Alert was issued, and Dietz, Burgess, Arce-Perez and the boy were later located at a Red Roof Inn in Madison, Ga., about 60 miles east of Atlanta, authorities said.

Federal authorities said the standoff started after Dietz, who was armed with a handgun, fired two shots through a hotel window after officers had responded.

No one was injured, and Dietz and Burgess surrendered without incident after "give-and-take" conversations through the night among Dietz and Georgia state patrol and FBI hostage negotiators.

-- From Staff Reports