Charges are pending against a man who abducted a 16-year-old Slocomb girl after they were both found in Florida late Sunday following a brief chase by law enforcement that ended in a wreck.
An Amber Alert was issued for Jada Yvonne Varner hours after her ex-boyfriend, later identified as 21-year-old Iziquel Vang, took Varner from her home by gunpoint just outside the Slocomb city limits Sunday night.
Vang came to the Varner home and pulled a gun on the young girl and her family. Witnesses said the girl was drug to her car by her hair while Yang kept a gun pointed at her family to keep them away.
As soon as the Sheriff’s Office was notified, officers began trying to ping Varner and Vang’s cellphones – tracking them through Georgia to Florida as Yang stayed off major interstates. Helms said he believes Vang was trying to take her to Tallahassee, where he is known to have previously resided.
Several agencies, including local law enforcement from Georgia and Florida, the FBI, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and the Florida Highway Patrol were involved in the investigation. The FBI’s technology helped law enforcement narrow down and locate Yang.
They were finally located in Greenville, Florida, after a brief chase that resulted in a wreck. Helms said Varner received minor injuries in the wreck and was transported to a hospital for treatment.
Based on indications and reports, Vang fired a weapon at law enforcement sometime during the chase. He was finally captured and is being held in a Florida jail without bond, waiting to go before a judge.
In Madison County, Vang is being charged with kidnapping, fleeing law enforcement, grand theft of motor vehicle, reckless driving, failure to remain at the scene of a crash, resisting arrest, and driving with a suspended license.
Helms said Vang will likely be criminally charged in Alabama and Georgia as well, but law enforcement agencies are still putting all of those charges together.
In Wisconsin, Vang also faces several charges, including violation of a domestic violence protection order, stalking, domestic violence, and attempting to elude.
Helms said he appreciates the cooperation of all law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation.