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Police report arrest in Wednesday kidnapping case; victim hospitalized

Floyd County police responded to a report of a male being kidnapped from the residence at 74 Preacher Smith Road. The male was forced into a vehicle at the residence after an altercation with another male. The victim was then taken  to Chattooga County, where the vehicle and the occupants were located by Chattooga County Sheriff’s deputies. The victim, a 58 year old male, was transported from the scene to Floyd Medical Center for treatment. The male who assaulted him and forced him into the vehicle was identified as Stacey Gardner, 48, of Cedar Bluff, Alabama. The female who was in the vehicle was questioned , but not charged in the incident.  This is a great example of multiple agencies working hand in hand to resolve a very dangerous situation safely and quickly. The outstanding work of the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department led to the victim being located and rescued from an extremely hazardous situation. Agencies from Floyd County , Rome,  Georgia State Patrol,  Chattooga County and Cherokee County, Alabama were actively searching for the victim within minutes of the call to 911. Gardener is charged with Kidnapping, , Terroristic Threats and Acts, Aggravated Assault, and Battery. The investigation is ongoing at this time.

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