A man fled from deputies after he reportedly held a woman captive at gunpoint Sunday, but he was quickly captured and taken to jail.
Billy Raymond Knight, of Highway 80 in Brooklet, went to a Twin Forks Road residence with another man Sunday night and met with the female victim, said Bulloch County sheriff’s Capt. Todd Hutchens.
The other man, unidentified, left, and some sort of “domestic disturbance” took place. The victim told deputies Knight “began acting strangely” and then “held the victim at gunpoint for several hours” and refused to allow her to leave, he said.
After some time, however, the woman escaped, got hold of the gun and hid it, then fled and called for help, he said. Knight fled into some woods and hid before deputies arrived at the scene, but he was soon apprehended.
The victim was not injured, he said.
Knight, 38, was also involved in recent weeks in an incident in which he forced a woman to go with him in his van to a relative’s property, where he acted strangely, according to sheriff’s incident reports. That victim was able to text a friend to come get her. She was also uninjured.
In another recent incident, Knight was reported as a suspicious person and told deputies he was “looking for rocks.”
The Georgia Department of Corrections website ( www.dcor.state.ga.us) reports Knight has an extensive criminal history.
The site lists him as having the alias “Tattoo,” likely due to several tattoos over his body, including on his face, neck and head.
He was released in 2012 after a prison sentence from 2009, which followed a previous sentence from June 1998 to July 2006.
His convictions include two aggravated assault charges and a criminal trespass charge in Bulloch County in 2008, a burglary in Thomas County in 1999, an escape from Colquitt County in 1998, and several previous burglaries in Effingham and Bulloch counties.
Knight is being held without bond in the Bulloch County Jail on charges of false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and obstruction, Hutchens said. Further charges are pending as the case investigation continues.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office at (912) 764-8888.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.