A Lancaster man is facing several charges after Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested him Friday morning in a kidnapping investigation in York County, according to police.
At about 1:40 a.m. Friday, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was alerted by Rock Hill Police Department to be on the lookout for a 2012 black Dodge Ram 1500 pickup with black tire rims driven by Gabriel L’Ambiance Ingram, 28, according to police reports.
According to a Rock Hill Police Department report, a woman flagged down an officer just after 9 p.m. Thursday at the Law Center parking lot, saying her mother had told her Ingram had taken her child from her home. The woman’s sister told police Ingram had asked to come by to see the baby and she said it was fine. Ingram went outside with the baby, and after several minutes, she looked out on the porch and they were gone, the sister told police.
The child’s mother was unable to reach Ingram by calling his two cell phones, and grew concerned because the baby needed medications, according to the report.
According to the report, Ingram and the mother had dated for more than a year but he is not the child’s biological father. “Ingram came to visit on a regular basis but has never left with the child for a long period of time,” the report states.
Rock Hill police “got Sprint to ping Ingram’s cell phone” several times showing at first he was in Charlotte, but later back in York County and headed toward Lancaster County where Ingram lives, the report says.
A Lancaster County deputy pursued the truck after seeing it on U.S. 521. The truck made a U-turn at North Corner Road and headed north, and the deputy followed until the truck attempted a right turn onto Nivens Road, the Lancaster sheriff’s office reported.
Ingram crashed the truck in a ditch, then fled on foot, police say.
A K-9 unit responded and State Law Enforcement Division helicopter assisted in the search.
Officers searched the truck and found marijuana and a Glock .40 caliber handgun inside, a report says.
At 7:15 a.m. Friday, the sheriff’s office received a call that a man matching Ingram’s description – with what appeared to be bloody clothes – was eating at Bojangles’ at Collins Road in Indian Land, the report says. Ingram was arrested without incident, police said, and taken to a medical facility to be checked out before being transported to Lancaster County Detention Center.
Ingram provided information, which led to the safe recovery of the child at a home in Rock Hill, police say.
“We all breathed a sigh of relief when we confirmed from the Rock Hill Police Department that the child had been found, and we are glad the child is safe and unharmed,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “Our deputies were able to move into place to intercept Ingram soon after they received the information from the Rock Hill Police Department and successfully brought this incident to a close without significant injury to anyone.”
Ingram is charged by Lancaster deputies with failure to stop for blue light and siren, driving under suspension, carrying a pistol, possession of a pistol by a person convicted of a crime of violence and possession of marijuana.
The case remains active, according to Rock Hill police.
In a statement Friday, Rock Hill police spokesman Mark Bollinger said possible charges from Rock Hill police “will not be known until early next week.”