UPDATE: Five arrested for armed robbery, kidnapping in Valdosta

VPD Detectives identified Zakia Janay Carter as the fifth subject in this incident

UPDATE: Five arrested for armed robbery, kidnapping in Valdosta
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A fifth suspect in a robbery and kidnapping is under arrest in Valdosta.

Now five people are in custody, after a kidnapping and armed robbery late Monday night, in the 2000 block of West Hill Avenue.

Zakia Janay Carter
Zakia Janay Carter (Lowndes Co. Sheriff)

Valdosta Police Department Detectives identified 19 year old Zakia Janay Carter as the fifth subject in this incident. Carter was taken into custody Wednesday night without incident, and she was transported to the Lowndes County Jail, charged with Armed Robbery, False imprisonment, Kidnapping, and Battery.

A teenager told VPD that he had gone to the New Valdosta Inn to meet someone he knew, but when he got there, four people physically assaulted him, and forced him to get into a vehicle. They took him to another location, and tried to rob him.

West Hill Avenue and I-75, Valdosta
West Hill Avenue and I-75, Valdosta (Google Maps)

He was then taken back to the motel and eventually released. The victim received superficial injuries and was treated at a hospital.

VPD, with assistance from other agencies, found four people who matched the descriptions of the suspects, walking in the area of the motel.

They arrested them all, and they are looking for another man.

These people were all arrested by VPD
These people were all arrested by VPD

Samuel Thomas, 26, Jermario Smith, 23, Dexter Harper, 31, and Amyia Wilson, 17, were all arrested and taken to jail. They were all charged with felony armed robbery, false imprisonment, and kidnapping.

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