Valdosta man arrested for kidnapping, robbery and more

Photo: MGN Online & Lowndes County Sheriff's Office

A Valdosta man is facing numerous charges after Valdosta police say he hijacked and wrecked multiple cars Saturday morning.

Valdosta police say that 30-year-old Joshua Washington allegedly stole a cell phone from a North Carolina family staying in the area at a motel on West Hill Avenue.

Washington then entered their vehicle and showed a handgun to the family, who were able to escape. Washington then left the motel.

Officers responding to that incident then were told that there was an traffic accident on West Hill Avenue involving the vehicle.

It is believed that Washington had driven the stolen vehicle the wrong way on West Central Avenue, causing a head on traffic accident with a vehicle traveling westbound on West Central Avenue.

The driver of the second vehicle was taken to South Georgia Medical Center and is listed in stable condition.

After the accident, Washington was then able to make it on foot to the Budget Inn on West Hill Avenue and entered the office area. One of the employees was able to get to escape.

From there, police say Washington left and stopped a car on West Hill Avenue and took a car with the driver able to get out.

Officers were able to find Washington on East Hill Avenue and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Woodlawn Drive, where Washington lost control of the vehicle and crashed in to a tree.

Washington wasn't done quite yet as he was able to lead officers on a short foot chase before being taken into custody.

Washington is facing multiple charges including two counts of hijacking a motor vehicle, two counts of burglary, robbery by sudden snatching, kidnapping, fleeing and attempting to allude officers, criminal damage to property in the second degree and multiple traffic charges.

“Our thoughts go out to all the victims who were impacted by Washington’s actions. Our officers did an excellent job with their persistence in doing everything they could to make sure that Washington was apprehended, and his crime spree was stopped before any other people were harmed by his actions,” said Interim Chief Leslie Manahan.

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