3 charged with kidnapping

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Red Level man was allegedly kidnapped, tasered and choked down as three men attempted to bring him in for a misdemeanor warrant in Georgia.


Chief Deputy David Anderson with the Covington County Sheriff’s Office said the incident occurred just before lunch Sunday when a passerby called 911 to report a fight in progress at Grange Forge Road.

When deputies arrived, they found James Lark Sprayberry, 54, of Lagrange, Ga.; Brenton McCarley, 27, of Five Points; and Steven Gallion, 21, of Andalusia, in an active attempt to apprehend 33-year-old Walter Chris Griggs.

“Griggs stated that three or four men got out of a vehicle in his yard in an attempt to get him to return to Georgia to face charges that one of the suspects had put up a property bond on,” Anderson said. “Mr. Griggs did have a misdemeanor warrant, but none of the men ever said they were with a bail bonds company or showed any paperwork stating that they were with a bail bonding company.”

Anderson said once the men arrived at the Red Level home, Griggs stated that Sprayberry grabbed him and stuck a hand-held stun gun/taser to him.

“Then, Griggs said that McCarley grabbed him and began chocking him until he passed out,” Anderson said. “At that time, Gallion assisted by pulling Griggs’ arms behind his back and placed zip-ties on his wrist. Griggs was then placed into the backseat of a vehicle where he broke the ties and looked up and saw Sprayberry holding a knife, telling him not to run.”

The three men were arrested and charged with kidnapping II and assault III, booked into the Covington County Jail and held on a $23,000 bond each.