Houston & Peach

Florida man accused of stealing Houston sheriff’s vehicle indicted

PERRY -- A Houston County grand jury handed down Tuesday a 22-count indictment against a Florida man who managed to crawl through an opening in a Plexiglas partition and drive off in a Houston County sheriff’s patrol car in July.

Seth Ray Stewart, 22, of Park, Florida, was indicted on charges of escape, fleeing, theft by taking of the deputy’s 2014 Dodge Charger, kidnapping of the other person in the back of the patrol car and related traffic related violations.

In addition, Stewart was indicted on charges of forgery for allegedly signing a traffic citation using a false name, and on charges of making false statements and information for allegedly giving a false name and birth date when originally pulled over.

He’s also charged with five counts of identity fraud after the personal information of five people was found in his possession. He had the information for allegedly fraudulent purposes, the indictment states.

Stewart also was indicted on charges of possession of less than a gram of bath salts, a synthetic powder used illegally to get high, and misdemeanor marijuana possession. In addition, he was indicted on one count each of theft by taking for allegedly taking a deputy’s cell phone and trespassing on the property where he fled on foot after ditching the police vehicle before his recapture.

On July 5, Stewart was pulled over on Interstate 75 after for traveling 87 mph in a 70 mph zone, authorities said.

He and a passenger, 24-year-old Kimon Marcus Miller, who owned the 2004 Ford Taurus they were in, were handcuffed from behind and put in the patrol car after deputies found the marijuana in the car.

While deputies were searching the car, Stewart, who is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds, managed to get his handcuffed hands from around his back and crawl through the 11 1/2 inch-by-12 1/2 inch opening in the partition.

Stewart was able to start the patrol car, which has a push-button ignition. He took off down I-75, turned onto Ga. 26 and then abandoned the patrol car about five miles away in the 2300 block of U.S. 41 in south Houston County.

Stewart let Miller out of the vehicle before he ran into a wooded area, and Miller stayed put near the patrol car until deputies arrived.

Also indicted Tuesday was a Houston County man accused of assaulting his 25-year-old girlfriend after she went to a neighbor’s house to use the phone to call her mother late one night this summer.

Matthew Devine Dyer, 29, was indicted on charges of kidnapping, aggravated battery, false imprisonment, burglary and simple battery.

He is accused of dragging his girlfriend by her hair down a gravel road after he yanked her out of the neighbor’s home on Tucker Road on Aug. 4.

He also is accused of punching her in the face and knocking out two of her teeth. He allegedly had not let her leave his home for days, according to the sheriff’s incident report.

Others indicted Tuesday include:

Kendarius Darrell Mc-Kenzie and Shdarius Jerrell McKenzie, both 19 and of Warner Robins, on charges of aggravated assault for allegedly shooting at another person in a June 17 incident in Warner Robins.

Rita Ann Tucker, 35, of Warner Robins, on a charge of aggravated battery for allegedly stabbing another woman in the mouth with a screwdriver in an incident in Houston County on May 1.

Antwon Rashad Green, 16, of Warner Robins, on a charge of armed robbery for allegedly robbing someone of cash at gunpoint in an April 11 incident in Warner Robins. Green is being tried as an adult.

Joshua Patrick Haill, 25, of Warner Robins, on a charge of aggravated assault for allegedly assaulting a woman with a knife in a June 8 incident in Warner Robins.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.