An 11-year-old girl is back home in Macon, and three people are in custody on assault charges Thursday.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in the 5000 block of Nisbet Drive about 8:50 a.m. Thursday, where two black males reportedly entered the home and abducted the girl.
The men -- later arrested and identified as 23-year-old Seymour Passard and 22-year-old Ceyunta Cater of Macon -- struck resident Sylvester Harden Jr., 40, in the head with a gun during an attack, according to a sheriff’s office news release. The gun discharged, but the bullet did not strike anyone in the home, which included four other juveniles.
The girl’s father also was at the home at the time, but he ran from the back of the house. Deputies later discovered that one of the girl’s cousins, 25-year-old Yolanda Butler, drove the car with the two suspects and took the 11-year-old to meet her grandmother, the release said.
The child was returned to the home on Nisbet Drive while deputies were there, and Butler was arrested. Later, the vehicle in question also was found on Mercer University Drive, and Passard and Cater were arrested. All three were charged with five counts of aggravated assault, and Passard was charged with a probation violation.
Harden has been taken to the Medical Center, Navicent Health, and is in critical condition.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 and ask to leave a message for the on-call investigator, or call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.
To contact writer Jeremy Timmerman, call 744-4331.