Sunday, March 27, 2011

A 40-year-old black man has turned himself in after deputies say he kidnapped his 24-year-old estranged white girlfriend at gunpoint

Lexington County deputies said Melvin Alphonso Burgess faces charges of burglary, kidnapping, 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 by a person who previously has been convicted of committing a violent crime. Sheriff James Metts said the kidnapping incident happened at a home on Mac Circle. Burgess entered the home, pointed a handgun at 49-year-old Jeffrey A. Anderson and threatened to kill him. Burgess grabbed Anderson by the shirt and fired several shot into a glass bedroom door. Burgess went on to push Anderson through the shattered glass door and into a closet where he is accused of assaulting Anderson. Burgess then found Terri Lou Boltin hiding inside a shower stall. Burgess removed her from the home and forced her into a 2002 Honda Accord EX. Deputies learned that Boltin received medical treatment for her injuries at a hospital in Montgomery, Alabama. They said they aren't sure how she ended up at the hospital. They are in the process of helping relatives make arrangements to bring Boltin back to Lexington County.

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