Mother, Child Kidnapped From Jacksonville Shopping Center

A woman and her two year old son are safe tonight after police say they were kidnapped in Jacksonville today.

Charged with two counts of kidnapping, armed robbery, theft of a car and carrying a concealed weapon is 25 year old Gieon Stevens of Jacksonville.

Police say it happened just before noon at the New River Shopping Center when Stevens put a gun to Kristen Hewitt's head.

The gunman then drove her car toward the U.S. 17 bypass and asked Hewitt if she had anything of value on her or in her bank account. The mother said she had neither. Police say Stevens then tied both mother and child up with zip ties, robbed Hewitt of $2 and made them lay in tall grass along the highway.

Police say after Stevens drove off, Hewitt was able to flag down a passing police car.

Officers say they spotted the stolen car with Stevens inside at the Navy Federal Credit Union on Highway 17 south. Stevens is in jail tonight on a $100,000 bond.

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  • by dale Location: hubert on Oct 2, 2007 at 04:09 PM
    keep him in jail where he belongs he used wire ties on a 2 and 1/2 year old who wont sleep in his own bed now
  • by Angela Location: Rocky Mount on Oct 1, 2007 at 07:17 PM
    Why give this man a bond! He need to go straight to prison. He should be charge with abuse/assault for touching them.
  • by paul Location: jax on Oct 1, 2007 at 03:45 PM
    i hired this guy. he called in sick today, you would never know he was capable or inclined. he gave me no reason to think he was nothing more than just a man looking for work. a very good worker until past sat.
  • by brandy blanco Location: sneads ferry on Oct 1, 2007 at 03:43 PM
    we were so surprised to turn on our t.v. and see that this boy was on here. He is one of our workers. We saw him this morning also.
  • by Addy Location: Jacksonville on Oct 1, 2007 at 03:31 PM
    Mother, Child Kidnapped From Jacksonville Shopping Center, I was there at the Bank when the Police locked up Stevens, The police acted in a very positive manor, Keeping everone in the parking Lot safe. Thanks for doing a great Job Jacksonville police department Amen !!!

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